Sunday, April 01, 2018

Energy (and Other) Events - April 1, 2018

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Monday, April 2

12pm  PAOC Colloquium: Diagnosing change in the ocean carbon sink
12pm  Congressman Keith Ellison at The Harvard Law Forum
12pm  Expanding Democracy: Civic Engagement and Immigrant Communities, A Conversation with Sayu Bhojwani
12pm  Nuclear Energy in Decarbonizing China's Energy System: Loosening Constraints, Mitigating Risks
12:10pm  Tree selection in the inner city
12:15pm  Alpine Dreams, Earthly Realities: Epochalism, Continuity, and Democracy in Imagining the Fourth Industrial Revolution
12:15pm  Reporting on Asia: A Discussion with Four Nieman Fellows
12:30pm  Restoring Mill Creek: Landscape Literacy, Environmental Justice, and Urban Design
1pm  Computational Social Science: Exciting Progress and Future Challenges
2pm  Asian American Solidarity Economies Project presents 2018 Solidarity Economy Webinar Series
2pm  Living Materials for the Deployment of Genetically Engineered Organisms
3pm  Life Above the Abyss: How Ocean Chemistry and Biology Shape Each Other
4pm  Reading King in Boston
4pm  Norton Lecture V, 'Poetry in Motion' by Wim Wenders
5:30pm  2018 Democratic Gubernatorial Debate
5:30pm  Askwith Forums – Protecting Brains, Stimulating Minds: The Early Life Roots of Success in School
5:30pm  Forgetting Story
6pm  American Populism: What Its Past Can Tell Us About Politics Today
6pm  Gardens of Memory: Design Against Amnesia
6:30pm  Seeking Equitable Resilience for Boston and Beyond
7pm  Karen Palmer - Sensory Storytelling - Filmmaker from the Future

Tuesday, April 3

10am  MA Environmental Bond Bill Hearing
11:45am  First MIT Food & Agriculture Club Lunch N' Learn 
12pm  Beyond phenological mismatch: community and landscape dynamics of angiosperm reproduction in a warming world
12pm  Legal Resistance to Trump: Joshua Matz at The Harvard Law Forum
12pm  Talia Buford: Environmental Inequity and Inequality in 2018
12pm  Pardee Research Seminar: Julie Klinger Book Talk
12pm  Neighborhood Matters: Great Projects: The Building of America 'The Big Dig' (film runtime 56 minutes)
12pm  Is the Arctic Drowning in Financial Nationalism?
12pm  The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World
3pm  From “Street Car Suburb" to “Student Ghetto:" Allston and Urban Change
4pm  Harvard HouseZero Typology Symposium
4:15pm  The Future is Now
4:15pm  The Paradox of Germany's AfD Party: A Case of Populism in a Stable Society and Thriving Economy
4:30pm  Starr Forum: Women's Empowerment: Are Global Development Organizations Helping or Hurting?
4:30pm  Revisiting and Repurposing the Double Helix
4:30pm  Land Use Planning Innovations in the Midst of a “Migration Crisis”: Transitioning to Long Term Refugee Housing in Hamburg, Germany
5pm  Vannevar Bush Lecture Series on Science and Technology Innovation: Katie Rae
5pm  Facing Death: Images, Insights and Interventions Lecture and Workshop
6pm  Life’s Engines: How Microbes Made Earth Habitable
6pm  The Wind Tunnel Model
6pm  The Opioid Crisis in New England
6pm  Plunge into Politics
6pm  Our State of Sustainability with ELM
7pm  Return of the Sea Otter America's Cutest Animal
7pm  Climate Change and Cookbooks
7pm  Phoenix Zone 

Wednesday, April 4 – Thursday, April 5

Harvard Women’s Law Association Conference “Why We March: Women's Stories of Past, Present, and Future”

Wednesday, April 4

9am  MIT's Aging Brain Initiative and Picower Institute for Learning and Memory's
Brain Rhythms in Heath & Disease Symposium
11:45am  Can Finance Save the World? Regaining Power Over Money to Serve the Common Good
12pm  Solar Geoengineering Research Reading Group:  Engineering Aspects of a Slow Ramp-Up Deployment Scenario
12pm  The Mobile Museum: Harvard, Kew Gardens and Economic Botany in Motion
12pm  A Conversation on Data and Privacy with former Facebook GC Chris Kelly
12pm  Health in the Headlines: Reporting on Health Policy in the Trump Era
12pm  Gutman Library Distinguished Author Series: Slow Looking: The Art and Practice of Learning Through Observation
1:30pm  Witches, Vaccines, Pizzas, and the Politics of Storytelling: Toward a Generative Model of Social Stories
3pm  Regulating Digital Intermediaries
4pm  Meeting of Waters
4pm  Climate Week at HBS: Fireside Chat with David Crane on "The Role of Business in Climate Policy”
4:15pm  What News Do We Trust?
5pm  Alone Together: Strength and Solidarity Between The Roma and African-American Communities
5pm  CleanTech Happy Hour
5:30pm  Pre-Release Preview & Discussion: Decoding the Weather Machine
6pm  Architects of Disinformation: Behind the Scenes of Troll Accounts and Fake News in the Philippines
6pm  Why Cancer Is Everywhere
6pm  Is Higher Ed Worth It?
6pm  Black Lives Matter: Race-Based Policing as a Threat to the Rule of Law
6pm  2018 MIT Water Innovation Prize Final Pitch Night
6pm  ΨPSI:  A Film about Free Will
6:30pm  The Secret to Developing Emotional Intelligence
7pm  The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King
7pm  The New Cold War? 
7pm  Revealing a Sense of Place
7pm  Electricity, Epilepsy, and How Your Brain Stays Balanced
7:30pm  Dance Freedom’s 50th Birthday

Thursday, April 5 - April 7

MTA Playwrights Lab: Weekend-long Festival

Thursday, April 5

11:30am  Senseable Cities, with Carlo Ratti
11:30am  HBS Climate Action Day
11:45am  Oh, the Places You Can Go! Maintaining a Commitment to Your Career and to Sustainability: A discussion with Lily Hooks (Russell), Director of Strategy for Nike Inc & Converse
11:45am  Scuttling the Craft: A Progress Report on Deconstructing the Expert State
12pm  Bound to the Fire:  How Virginia's Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine
12pm  Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: Mindy Lubber of Ceres
12pm  A talk with Marilù Capparelli, PhD, Legal Director at Google 
12pm  A Post-Trump Agenda for a Divided America: Isabel Sawhill at The Harvard Law Forum
12:30pm  Global Heartland: Displaced Labor, Transnational Lives, and Local Placemaking
12:30pm  The Well-Tempered City (with Jonathan Rose)
1pm  Nanolecture Series: Vulnerability of ground water resources regarding emerging contaminants and nanoparticles
1:30pm  Health of the Public Sphere: Measurement and Interventions
4pm  Using Forward and Reverse Genetics Approaches to Understand the Remarkable Phenotypic Plasticity of a Native Plant 
4pm  President Trump’s Economic Policy: A Conversation with Kevin Hassett
4:10pm  Cartooning the Police: A Graphic History of Contemporary Egypt
5pm  MIT Cheetah robot: a new design paradigm for physical interaction
5pm  Music Fandom and the Shaping of Online Culture
5pm  Why Surfers Should be Fed - After Three Decennia - Philippe Van Parijs
5pm  “Get Me Roger Stone” Documentary Screening and Q&A with Directors Dylan Bank, Daniel DiMauro, and Morgan Pehme
5:30pm  Buiding Resilient Communities Networking 
6pm  Screen As Material
6:30pm  The Recovering:  Intoxication and Its Aftermath
6:30pm  NeuroTech and Artificial Intelligence
6:45pm  Popular Education/organizing for Justice: Insights from El Salvador
7pm  Tales of an Ecotourist
7pm  Finding ways to fight climate change with sustainability
7pm  The Myth of Democracy? From Pericles’ Athens to Modern Times
7:30pm  Show and Tell: An Evening about Citizenship with Documentary Filmmakers
8pm  Can We Reconcile Justice and Forgiveness?

Friday, April 6 - Saturday, April 7

OAHack: An Open Access Hackathon 

Friday, April 6

8:30am  A Healthy Harvard: Scaling Sustainability
9am  Martin Luther King, Jr.: Life, Loss, Legacy
9am  Who Belongs? Global Citizenship and Gender in the 21st Century
10am  2018 Tufts Food Systems Symposium:  Unintended Consequences in the Food System - The Problem with “Solutions”
10:30am  88 Acres: Co-founders' Food Startup Story and Factory Tour
12pm  Atmospheric Ammonia, from Agriculture to the Arctic
12pm  THE GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC: Protecting the Public’s Health
12pm  Social Issue Talk: Assuring Access to Justice for Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers
1pm  Blessing America First: Religion, Foreign Policy, and the Trump Transition
3pm  Remaking Black Power:  How Black Women Transformed an Era
3pm  A Complex Dilemma: The Intersections of Poverty, Gender, Ethnicity, and Race in Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation
3pm  2018 Pardee Center Distinguished Lecture Featuring Diana Liverman
4:30pm  Graduate Lecture Series: David McGee (EAPS)
7pm  Protest Without Words: Panel Discussion

Saturday, April 7, 10:00 AM – Sunday, April 8, 3:00 PM

Coding Chemistry: Advancing Sustainable Agriculture

Saturday, April 7 

8am  2018 MIT Africa Innovate Conference: Digitization for Inclusive Growth
9am  Engineering & Physical Biology Symposium 2018
9am  Reducing the Threat of Nuclear War
10am  Annual Get Growing Day
10am  Boston Stupid Shit No One Needs & Terrible Ideas Hackathon
11am  Ecology of Spring

Sunday, April 8

8am  MIT India Conference 2018
2pm  PEN/Hemingway Award Ceremony
6pm  Strangers in Their Own Land:  Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Monday, April 9

12pm  PAOC Colloquium: Kakani Katija (MBARI)
12pm  Crimes of Passion: New Neuroscience vs. Old Doctrine
12pm  Remedies for Cyber Defamation: Criminal Libel, Anti-Speech Injunctions, Forgeries, Frauds, and More
12pm  Air Quality and Water Implications of Power Sector Decarbonization in China: Effects of Strengthening Environmental Policies
12:10pm  The importance of biomes in macroevolutionary and macroecological studies
12:15pm  The Good Seed: Braided Time and Meaning-Making on GM Seeds in India
12:30pm  Venus Fly Traps and Viruses: Exploring the Design and Effectiveness of National Climate 
12:30pm  Technological Learning in Low-Carbon Innovation Policy
12:30pm  Mediating Local Land Conservation and Development Disputes in the Netherlands
2pm  Norton Lecture VI, 'The Visible and the Invisible' by Wim Wenders
4pm  Mellon Seminar- Human Plasticity and Human-Machine Interface
5:30pm  Privacy's Blue Print: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies
5:30pm  Cambridge City Council Roundtable 
6pm  irit rogoff – becoming research: the way we work now
6pm  The Push for Net Zero
6pm  Husky Startup Challenge Demo Day Spring 2018
6pm  Mass Innovation Nights 109
6pm  Boston New Technology Augmented and Virtual Reality Startup Showcase #BNT88 21+
6:30pm  Is Artificial Intelligence as Smart as a Human?
6:30pm  Big Data and the City of Boston

Tuesday, April 10

11am  Smarter in the City Roxbury Investor Meeting
12pm  How many plants fit in a parking lot? And other stories from the asphalt jungles
12pm  Policing Identity in Trump's America: Briahna Joy Gray at The Harvard Law Forum
12pm  Tales from the Public Domain: THEFT! A History of Music
12pm  Social Issue Talk: Eviction Prevention: A Model for Addressing Homelessness in Massachusetts (rescheduled date)
12:30pm  Urban China Seminar Series at MIT China Future City Lab
1pm  Who Decides How Change Happens?
3pm  Planning for Change: Widett Circle & The Economies of Climate Preparedness
3pm  2018 Slomoff Lectureship - Building a World of Peace and Development with Rima Salah
4pm  Tech & Democracy Workshop: Research Design for Policy Questions
4:30pm  Emile Bustani Seminar: "Unfinished Revolution: The Challenge of Consolidating Tunisia’s Democratic Gains”
4:30pm  Between Fear and Hope: How Resilient Can Cities Be?
4:30pm  Beyond Boston Strong: Reporters Reflect on the Marathon Bombings
5pm  U.S. - Mexico natural resource management partnerships: Tearing down walls
5pm  MIT Waste Research & Innovation Night 2018
5:30pm  Shroud of Turin Talk
5:30pm  Victoria Nuland: The Evolving Russia Challenge
6pm  #MeToo and the Media
6pm  Combining Livecoding and Real-time Software for Musical Improvisation
6:30pm  John T. Dunlop Lecture in Housing and Urbanization: Raphael W. Bostic, “Fair Housing in the U.S.: Past, Present and Future?”
7pm  Action and Reaction: A Conversation with Corey Robin


My rough notes on some of the events I go to and notes on books I’ve read are at:

Monday, April 2

PAOC Colloquium: Diagnosing change in the ocean carbon sink
Monday, April 2
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-923, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Galen McKinley (LDEO)
About the Speaker
Professor McKinley studies the mechanisms of the carbon cycle in the global oceans and Great Lakes, with her research lying at the intersection of physical and chemical oceanography. Her primary tools are numerical models and analysis of large datasets. More specifically, her research addresses the physical drivers of ecosystem and carbon cycle variability in the North Atlantic, global oceans and Great Lakes. Professor McKinley is a member of the faculty at Columbia University and the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory; she was previously at University of Wisconsin – Madison. In addition to research and teaching, Professor McKinley frequently contributes to national and international scientific coordination and offers scientific advice to policy-makers.


Congressman Keith Ellison at The Harvard Law Forum
WHEN  Monday, Apr. 2, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Langdell Hall North, 225 Vorenberg Classroom, 1545 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Humanities, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Congressman Keith Ellison represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives and is the Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee. He was the first Muslim elected to the House of Representatives.
CONTACT INFO Pete Davis,, 347-453-3135
DETAILS  Congressman Keith Ellison represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives and is the Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee. He was the first Muslim elected to the House of Representatives.
He is coming to Harvard Law School to share his thoughts and experience on what the path forward for the Democratic Party is in the Trump era.
Free and open to the public, with lunch provided.
Contact Pete Davis at for more information.


Expanding Democracy: Civic Engagement and Immigrant Communities, A Conversation with Sayu Bhojwani
WHEN  Monday, Apr. 2, 2018, 12 – 1:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200N, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
SPEAKER(S)  Sayu Bhojwani
DETAILS  2018 is already becoming a remarkable year for civic engagement, political participation, and new kinds of candidates. This explosion of engagement runs wide, and immigrant communities are jumping in. Sayu Bhojwani, Founder and President of New American Leaders, is at the center of this exciting trend.
You're invited to join Sayu Bhojwani in conversation about creating a more inclusive democracy through increased civic engagement. Miles Rapoport, Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy, will moderate.


Nuclear Energy in Decarbonizing China's Energy System: Loosening Constraints, Mitigating Risks
Monday, April 2
12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice, HKS, and Co-Principal Invstigator, Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS. Lunch is provided.

Energy Policy Seminar

Contact Name:  Louisa Lund


Tree selection in the inner city
Monday, April 2
12:10 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 1300 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Nina Bassuk, Professor, Cornell University


Alpine Dreams, Earthly Realities: Epochalism, Continuity, and Democracy in Imagining the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Monday, April 2
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, 100F Pierce, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Kasper Hedegård Schiølin (Harvard, STS Program)

The STS Circle at Harvard is a group of doctoral students and recent PhDs who are interested in creating a space for interdisciplinary conversations about contemporary issues in science and technology that are relevant to people in fields such as anthropology, history of science, sociology, STS, law, government, public policy, and the natural sciences. We want to engage not only those who are working on intersections of science, politics, and public policy, but also those in the natural sciences, engineering, and architecture who have serious interest in exploring these areas together with social scientists and humanists.

There has been growing interest among graduate students and postdocs at Harvard in more systematic discussions related to STS. More and more dissertation writers and recent graduates find themselves working on exciting topics that intersect with STS at the edges of their respective home disciplines, and they are asking questions that often require new analytic tools that the conventional disciplines don’t necessarily offer. They would also like wider exposure to emerging STS scholarship that is not well-represented or organized at most universities, including Harvard. Our aim is to try to serve those interests through a series of activities throughout the academic year.

Sandwich lunch is provided. RSVP to via the online form by Wednesday at 5PM the week before.

The Harvard STS Circle is co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

STS at Harvard

Contact Name:


Reporting on Asia: A Discussion with Four Nieman Fellows
WHEN  Monday, Apr. 2, 2018, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS South, S020, Belfer Case Study Room, Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Asia Center Seminar Series; co-sponsored with the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute
SPEAKER(S)  Glenda M. Gloria, Managing Editor and Co-Founder of Rappler, Philippines social news network
Shalini Singh, Features Reporter, New Delhi, India; former reporter for The Week and the Hindustan Times; founding trustee at the People's Archive of Rural India
Bonny Symons-Brown, Australian Broadcasting Corporation; former TV news anchor, Jakarta, Indonesia
Edward Wong, The New York Times; former New York Times Beijing Bureau Chief and Iraq correspondent
Chair: Professor Karen Thornber, Victor and William Fung Director, Harvard University Asia Center; Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and of Comparative Literature, Harvard University


Restoring Mill Creek: Landscape Literacy, Environmental Justice, and Urban Design
Monday, April 2
12:30PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, 109 Gund Hall, GSD, 42-48 Quincy St., Cambridge

Anne Whiston Spirn, Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at MIT will speak as part of the Critical Conservation Colloquia 2018 that accompanies the course Power & Place: Culture & Conflict in the Built Environment.

Mill Creek is shaped by all the processes at work in inner-city America. It was laid waste by the flow of water and capital, and by the violence of redevelopment and neglect. Known locally as “The Bottom,” Mill Creek is one of many such “Black Bottoms” in the US. They are at the bottom, both economically and in terms of their low-lying position in the landscape. Here, harsh socio-economic conditions are exacerbated by health and safety hazards posed by a high water table and unstable ground. Landscape literacy is a means for recognizing and redressing those injustices through urban planning and design and community development, just as verbal literacy was a cornerstone of the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s


Computational Social Science: Exciting Progress and Future Challenges
Monday, April 2
1:00 pm
Northeastern, 177 Huntington Avenue, 11th floor, Boston

Duncan Watts, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and a founding member of the MSR-NYC lab
The past 15 years have witnessed a remarkable increase in both the scale and scope of social and behavioral data available to researchers, leading some to herald the emergence of a new field: “computational social science.” In this talk I highlight two areas of research that would not have been possible just a handful of years ago: first, using “big data” to study social contagion on networks; and second, using virtual labs to extend the scale, duration, and complexity of traditional lab experiments. Although these examples were all motivated by substantive problems of longstanding interest to social science, they also illustrate how new classes of data can cast these problems in new light. At the same, they illustrate some important limitations faced by our existing data generating platforms. I then conclude with some thoughts on how CSS might overcome some of these obstacles to progress.

Duncan Watts is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research and a founding member of the MSR-NYC lab. He is also an AD White Professor at Large at Cornell University. Prior to joining MSR in 2012, he was from 2000-2007 a professor of Sociology at Columbia University, and then a principal research scientist at Yahoo! Research, where he directed the Human Social Dynamics group. His research on social networks and collective dynamics has appeared in a wide range of journals, from Nature, Science, and Physical Review Letters to the American Journal of Sociology and Harvard Business Review, and has been recognized by the 2009 German Physical Society Young Scientist Award for Socio and Econophysics, the 2013 Lagrange-CRT Foundation Prize for Complexity Science, and the 2014 Everett Rogers Prize. He is also the author of three books: Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age (W.W. Norton, 2003); Small Worlds: The Dynamics of Networks between Order and Randomness (Princeton University Press, 1999); and Everything is Obvious: Once You Know The Answer (Crown Business, 2011). He holds a B.Sc. in Physics from the Australian Defence Force Academy, from which he also received his officer’s commission in the Royal Australian Navy, and a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University.


Asian American Solidarity Economies Project presents 2018 Solidarity Economy Webinar Series
Monday, April 2
2:00-3:00 pm ET

In our second of five webinars, our speakers will introduce cooperatives, their principles and examples, and the cooperative ecosystem.

Speakers:  Anh-Thu Nguyen, Democracy at Work Institute
Anh-Thu is director of special projects for the Democracy at Work Institute. She develops markets and opportunities for collaboration between cooperatives and cross-sectoral allies, including the development of a value chain within the textile and fashion industries. Born and raised in Tampa Bay, FL to Vietnamese refugee parents, Anh-Thu earned her BA at Georgetown University and JD at University of Texas School of Law.

Mai Nguyen, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
Mai serves on the board of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. They own and operate an organic farm and were the cooperative development specialist at the California Center for Cooperative Development. Now, Mai is an organizer for the National Young Farmers Coalition. They specialize in agricultural and worker cooperatives, and primarily work with immigrant and small-scale farmers to create cooperative alternatives to the conventional food economy.

Facilitators:  Yvonne Yen Liu, Solidarity Research Center
Yvonne is the co-founder and research director of Solidarity Research Center, a worker self-directed nonprofit that advances solidarity economies. She serves on the board of the US Solidarity Economy Network and was named the 2018 Activist-in-Residence Fellow at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

Parag Rajendra Khandhar, Asian American Solidarity Economies Project
Parag is a founding principal of Gilmore Khandhar, LLC, a law firm focused on legal, policy, and advocacy tools to advance economic justice, racial equity, and social transformation. He teaches at George Washington University Law School. Parag co-founded Baltimore Activating Solidarity Economies (BASE) and the Asian American Solidarity Economies Network (AASE).


Living Materials for the Deployment of Genetically Engineered Organisms
Monday, April 2
2:00pm to 3:00pm
MIT, Building NE47-189, 500 Technology Square, Cambridge

Ms. Eleonore Tham on her final DMSE doctoral thesis defense 

Thesis Committee:
Professor Timothy Lu (Thesis Advisor) 
Professor Angela Belcher(Co-Advisor)
Professor Niels Holten-Andersen 
Professor Christopher Voigt
*A draft copy of this thesis will be available for review in room 6-107


Life Above the Abyss: How Ocean Chemistry and Biology Shape Each Other
Monday, April 2
Harvard, HUCE Seminar Room 440, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

The Harvard University Center for the Environment hosts François Morel, Albert G. Blanke, Jr., Professor of Geosciences; Professor of Geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University, for a Geobiology/Geochemistry seminar.

François Morel is the Albert G. Blanke, Jr., Professor of Geosciences at Princeton University. He received a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Grenoble, France, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the California Institute of Technology. He was a faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1973 to 1994 and joined the Princeton faculty in 1994. The research in his laboratory focuses on the interaction of trace metals and microorganisms in the environment, with particular emphasis on the role of metals in the global cycles of carbon and nitrogen in marine and terrestrial systems. Morel’s research group discovered the only known cadmium enzyme, a cadmium carbonic anhydrase used by marine phytoplankton to acquire inorganic carbon for photosynthesis. At Princeton, Pr. Morel teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses. Morel and his student Janet Hering authored the widely used teaching text Principles and Applications of Aquatic Chemistry (Wiley). He is the former director of the Ralph M. Parsons laboratory at MIT, the Princeton Environmental Institute, and the NSF-supported Center for Environmental BioInorganic Chemistry.

Morel is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettre ed Arti. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and of the Geochemical Society. He received the Patterson Medal from the Geochemical Society in 2001, the Urey Medal from the American Geophysical Union in 2005, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the California Institute of Technology in 2009, and the Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology from the American Chemical Society in 2010. He is the recipient of the 2010 Eni Environmental Award from the Eni Foundation and of the 2012 Dickson Prize in the Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University.

Contact Name:  Laura Hanrahan


Reading King in Boston
Monday, April 2
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM (EDT)
Boston City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston

Bostonians of every neighborhood are coming together on April 2nd, 4 pm on the Boston City Hall Plaza to celebrate Rev. King’s last speech. Area residents will be reading portions of this historic speech that Dr. King delivered the night before his murder in 1968. Please join us. Many prominent civic leaders have agreed to participate, including former Gov. Deval Patrick, Hollywood producer Topper Carew, Activists Tina Chery, Nam Pham, Ambassador Raymond Flynn, Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans, Rabbi Bill Hamilton, Rev. Gregory Groover, Rev. Liz Walker, Students of The Chittick Elementary School Chorus, Fenway High School, Boston University Seminarians, City Councillors Matt O'Malley, Andrea Campbell, Michelle Wu and many more.


Norton Lecture V, 'Poetry in Motion' by Wim Wenders
WHEN  Monday, Apr. 2, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Ethics, Humanities, Lecture, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard
SPEAKER(S)  Wim Wenders
COST  Free
TICKET INFO  Tickets will be available starting at noon on the day of each lecture. Tickets will be available in person at Sanders Theatre or online (handling fees apply). Limit of two tickets per person. Tickets valid until 3:45pm.
CONTACT INFO, 617-495-0738
DETAILS  Wide Angle: The Norton Lectures on Cinema
The Norton Professors in 2018 are Agnès Varda, Wim Wenders, and Frederick Wiseman
Monday, Jan. 29 and Monday, Feb. 5: Frederick Wiseman
The Search for Story, Structure, and Meaning in Documentary Film: Part I and Part II
Monday, Feb. 26 and Tuesday, Feb. 27: Agnès Varda
The 7th Art and Me and Crossing the Borders
Monday, April 2 and Monday, April 9: Wim Wenders
Poetry in Motion and The Visible and the Invisible


2018 Democratic Gubernatorial Debate
Monday, April 2
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street, Ballroom, Boston

We invite everyone to join us for a debate with Massachusetts Democratic candidates for Governor. Candidates will go head-to-head in a debate moderated by The Boston Globe’s Meghan Irons and Adrian Walker. All candidates have agreed to participate.  There will be a brief presentation by Voter Choice Massachusetts before the debate begins. Refreshments by Suya Joint will be served.

For more information contact MPDC’s Civic Engagement Coordinator
Ed Shoemaker at 617-849-6321 or


Askwith Forums – Protecting Brains, Stimulating Minds: The Early Life Roots of Success in School
WHEN  Monday, Apr. 2, 2018, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
TYPE OF EVENT Forum, Question & Answer Session
PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT  Alumni, Askwith Forum
CONTACT NAME  Roger Falcon
CONTACT PHONE  617-384-9968
ADMISSION FEE This event is free and open to the public.
FEATURED EVENT  Askwith Forums
DETAILS  Speaker: Jack Shonkoff, Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development, HGSE and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; professor of pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital; director, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
Understanding both the biology of adversity and the science of early learning is essential for building a strong foundation for reducing disparities in educational achievement. The benefits of evidence-based curricula in the early childhood years cannot be fully achieved without effective strategies for preventing the consequences of toxic stress.


Forgetting Story
Monday, April 2
5:30pm to 7:00pm
Northeastern, Raytheon Amphitheater, 120 Forsyth Street, Boston

with Lewis Hyde and Humanities Center Fellows
Lewis Hyde is a poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic with a particular interest in the public life of the imagination.

A MacArthur Fellow and former director of undergraduate creative writing at Harvard University, Hyde is the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College and an Associate of Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Center.

His books include The Gift; Trickster Makes This World; and Common as Air. He is currently working on A Primer for Forgetting, an exploration of the situations in which forgetfulness is more useful than memory.


American Populism: What Its Past Can Tell Us About Politics Today
WHEN  Monday, Apr. 2, 2018, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, JFK Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Institute of Politics, JFK Jr. Forum
SPEAKER(S)  Steve Hahn, Michael Kazin, Elizabeth Sanders, Alex Keyssar
A Conversation with Steve Hahn, Professor, NYU, Author, The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom, Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation
Michael Kazin, Editor, Dissent, Professor, Georgetown University
Elizabeth Sanders, Professor, Department of Government, Cornell University
Alex Keyssar (Moderator), Professor of History and Social Policy, Malcolm Weiner Center for Social Policy, HKS


Gardens of Memory: Design Against Amnesia
Monday, April 2
6:00pm to 7:30pm
MIT, Building 3-133, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge 

Annalinda Neglia, Professor of Landscape Architecture, Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy

Giulia Annalinda Neglia is Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at the Department of Civil Engineering Sciences and Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Bari (Italy). She received her Ph.D. in Architectural Design for Mediterranean Countries from Polytechnic University of Bari in 2003 with a thesis on Aleppo (Syria).

For her researches on Mediterranean - Islamic cities and landscapes she has received scholarships from international and national research centers such as the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT, DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst), Max van Berchem Foundation (Geneve), the Italian Ministry of Education, East-West Nexus / PROTA Institute, and Polytechnic University of Bari.

An author of three monographs on Islamic cities and landscapes and more than 90 articles and essays in books, proceedings of international conferences and peer-reviewed journals, her interest cover basic re­search, applied research, theory and methodology, spanning from sustainable (urban and landscape) design, to analytical work on typo-morphology of Middle Eastern, Balkans and North African landscapes, cities and urban fabric, history of Islamic architecture, and cultural heritage preservation. 

Her recent research has been focused on new regional models for sustainable urban and landscape regeneration of non-core areas, grounded on the relationship between urban fabric, open spaces and gardens.

MIT Department of Architecture / Spring 2018 Lecture Series
Aga Khan Program in Islamic Architecture


Seeking Equitable Resilience for Boston and Beyond
Mon, April 2
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
 MIT, Building  9-255, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

The Resilient Cities Housing Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Urban Studies and Planning, is honored to welcome Dr. S. Atyia Martin to campus to discuss "Seeking Equitable Resilience for Boston and Beyond.”

Dr. Martin will make remarks, followed by additional commentary from Professor Lawrence Vale (MIT DUSP), Professor Ceasar McDowell (MIT DUSP) and Jonah Susskind (MIT DUSP).
About Dr. Martin: Dr. Martin is currently the CEO & Founder of All Aces, Inc. Additionally, she serves as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Northeastern University's Global Resilience Institute. Dr. Martin was the first Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston as part of 100 Resilient Cities. She led the development and implementation of Boston's first resilience strategy which was the first one in the 100 Resilient Cities network to make racial equity, social justice, and social cohesion the foundation of building resilience across the city.
About Lawrence Vale: Lawrence Vale is Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning at MIT, where he served as Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 2002 until January 2009. He has taught in the MIT School of Architecture and Planning since 1988, and he is currently the director of the Resilient Cities Housing Initiative (RCHI), a unit of the School’s Center for Advanced Urbanism. He was president of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History for 2011-2013. Vale holds degrees from Amherst College (B.A. in American Studies, summa cum laude), M.I.T. (S.M.Arch.S.), and the University of Oxford (D.Phil.), which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author or editor of ten books examining urban design, housing and planning.

About Ceasar McDowell: Professor of the Practice of Community Development, Ed.D. Harvard Ceasar L. McDowell holds an Ed.D. (88) and M.Ed. (84) from Harvard. Ceasar's current work is on the development of community knowledge systems and civic engagement. He is also expanding his critical moments reflection methodology to identify, share, and maintain grassroots knowledge. His research and teaching interests also include the use of mass media and technology in promoting democracy and community-building, the education of urban students, the development and use of empathy in community work, civil rights history, peacemaking, and conflict resolution. He is Director of the Global Civic Engagement Organization, Dropping Knowledge International, MIT's former Center for Reflective Community Practice (renamed Co-Lab), Co-founder of The Civil Rights Forum on Telecommunications Policy, and founding Board member of The Algebra Project.

About Jonah Susskind: Jonah Susskind is a lecturer at DUSP and a researcher at the Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism. His research spans an array of issues including coastal resiliency, post-industrial urban decline, and the role of live matter within regional urban frameworks. Susskind holds a masters degree in landscape architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design where, in 2016, he was awarded a Penny White Prize to support his research on industrial urban timber management. His thesis project, Forward From Woodward: Planning New Growth Along the American Rust Belt received an ASLA Certificate of Honor and he is a contributing author to the book, Wood Urbanism: From Molecular to Territorial (forthcoming Actar, 2017).


Karen Palmer - Sensory Storytelling - Filmmaker from the Future
Monday, April 2
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
MIT, Wiesner Building E15-318, 20 Ames Street, 3rd Floor, Cambridge

How is one immersed in the “real”? What can the documentary art form tell us about real world, people and situations representations? Exploring new venues in interactive, immersive, storytelling the experience RIOT asks: how would you fare if you were inadvertently caught up in a riot and couldn’t get away? Would you panic? Would you be able to remain calm and maneuver through a fraught situation? Karen Palmer’s interactive film is a cop in full riot gear who demands to know where you’re going. The same facial recognition technology that powers Riot has been put to use by governments in Berlin and China to track individuals suspected of terrorism, and was enlisted in a recent controversial attempt to label people as gay or straight based on their facial features. Karen Palmer explores the intersections of storytelling, filmmaking and ensuring emerging technology becomes widely available to ordinary people.

Tuesday, April 3

MA Environmental Bond Bill Hearing
Tuesday, April 3
10:00 am
State House, Hearing Room A-1 & A-2, Boston

The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture will hold a public hearing on H.4318, An Act Promoting Climate Change Adaptation, Environmental and Natural Resource Protection, and Investment in Recreational Assets and Opportunity which was proposed by Governor Baker.  The bill would authorize $1.4 billion in funding.  Other bills will also be heard.


First MIT Food & Agriculture Club Lunch N' Learn 
Tuesday, April 3
11:45am to 12:45pm
MIT, Building E51-385, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Come join us at the MIT Food and Agriculture Club’s first lunch and learn. This lunch creates the space to catch up with fellow club members and discuss current trends in the industry and drivers that are turning food reality on its head. We look forward to seeing you there!


Beyond phenological mismatch: community and landscape dynamics of angiosperm reproduction in a warming world
Tuesday, April 3
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Harvard, 22 Divinity Avenue, Seminar Room 125, Cambridge

Ian Breckheimer, Research Fellow, OEB, Harvard University
Abstract:  In the era of accelerating climate change, ecologists are rushing to try and understand how species and ecological communities are responding to altered climates. A central thrust of this research over the past decade has been to examine how warmer temperatures and altered precipitation regimes drive changes in species interactions. Many studies in this field suggest that climate change is dismantling communities by altering the seasonal timing of reproduction and trophic interactions, a phenomenon known as phenological mismatch. In this talk I will examine the case for the importance of phenological mismatch in more detail, and marshal evidence from subalpine plant communities in the Washington Cascades to show that a singular focus on phenological mismatch could obscure our understanding of the complex ecological changes that are occurring as spring comes earlier. My ongoing work explores how lower snowpack and warmer spring temperatures change reproductive synchrony within plant populations, co-flowering patterns in plant communities, and the exposure of plants to risky climatic events such as frost across large landscapes. None of these changes fit under the umbrella of phenological mismatch, but may have dramatic impacts on plant communities as the world continues to warm.


Legal Resistance to Trump: Joshua Matz at The Harvard Law Forum
WHEN  Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wasserstein Campus Center, Room #1023, 15858 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Joshua Matz is a constitutional and appellate lawyer involved in many cases against the Trump Administration. He is also the Publisher of Take Care, an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law, and the co-author (with Larry Tribe) of "To End A Presidency: The Power of Impeachment." He is of counsel at Kaplan & Company LLP and Gupta Wessler PLLC.
CONTACT INFO Pete Davis,, 347-453-3135
DETAILS  Joshua Matz is a constitutional and appellate lawyer involved in many cases against the Trump Administration. He is also the Publisher of Take Care, an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law, and the co-author (with Larry Tribe) of "To End A Presidency: The Power of Impeachment." He is of counsel at Kaplan & Company LLP and Gupta Wessler PLLC.
He is coming to Harvard Law School to share his experience and expertise on the legal backlash against the Trump administration: the source of its intensity, the judicial response to it, and how lawyers can use litigation to restrain the Trump administration in the coming months.
Free and open to the public, with lunch provided.


Talia Buford: Environmental Inequity and Inequality in 2018
WHEN  Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Taubman Building 275, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy
SPEAKER(S)  Talia Buford
DETAILS  Talia Buford covers disparities in environmental impacts for ProPublica. Previously, she was an environment and labor reporter at The Center for Public Integrity, where her work focused mostly on wage theft and the Environmental Protection Agency’s lackluster enforcement of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. She also covered energy for POLITICO Pro, and started her career covering municipal and legal affairs at The Providence (R.I.) Journal. She earned a master’s degree in the study of law from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Hampton University.


Pardee Research Seminar: Julie Klinger Book Talk
Tuesday, April 3
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm 
BU, 154 Bay State Road, Eilts Room, Boston

Prof. Julie Klinger will discuss her new book Rare Earth Frontiers, which examines the global geography of rare earth prospecting and mining.

The Pardee School of Global Studies Research Seminar Series is a forum for faculty and students to discuss and receive feedback on ongoing research. The series is a mix of presentations, book talks, works-in-progress sessions, and research workshops.
Faculty and students based at BU and elsewhere are invited to present and attend the Research Seminar Series. This seminar is open to the public; due to space constraints, however, admittance will be on a first come–first serve basis.


Neighborhood Matters: Great Projects: The Building of America 'The Big Dig' (film runtime 56 minutes)
Tuesday, April 3
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Northeastern, Snell Library 90, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Featuring Special Guest Fred Salvucci, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and former Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation. 

In the post World War II years, urban highways divided neighborhoods; nothing stood in the way of their construction. In Boston, the Central Artery cut through downtown Boston and the city was left with an ugly green monster, an elevated highway in the heart of its historic and business districts. By the 1970s, city planners wanted to tear it down but the existing highway was so vital to the city's transportation that closing it down for any length of time was unfeasible.

The solution to this dilemma became known as the Big Dig. A local engineer named Fred Salvucci, (whose own grandmother had been displaced by the Mass Pike years earlier), championed a complex plan that resulted in a transportation renaissance in Boston and a renewal of much of the city's infrastructure.

Free and open to the public, lunch will be served.


Is the Arctic Drowning in Financial Nationalism?
Tuesday, April 3
12:00PM TO 1:15PM
Harvard, Room L369, Belfer Center Library, Littauer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Join the Arctic Initiative for a lunch seminar with Tero Vauraste, Chair of the Arctic Economic Council and CEO of the Finnish specialized icebreaker company, Arctic Group. Vauraste will discuss the linkages between free trade, the environment, and security. 

The Arctic; so pristine, but so vulnerable. The World Economic Forum calculates a 1 trillion-dollar untapped investment potential in the Arctic. Increased trade is somewhat inhibited by recently established trade barriers including sanctions, tariffs, and the freezing of free trade agreement processes. The question is, will financial nationalism hinder the adoption of best practices and new technologies, including those that can benefit Arctic communities and protect the region's fragile environment?

Tero Vauraste is a key spokesman for increased collaboration in the Arctic, on issues ranging from trade to the development of an "Uber for icebreakers" system to enhance security in the region. In his talk, he will discuss the linkages between Arctic free trade and the environment and security. He will also discuss Finland's priorities and goals for the chairmanship of the Arctic Council (2017-2019).

Tero Vauraste is the President and CEO of Arctia Group, which owns and operates eight icebreakers. Arctia provides icebreaking and other maritime services in harsh conditions in the Baltic Sea, polar areas, and elsewhere in the world. Mr. Vauraste also serves as Chair of the Arctic Economic Council (AEC), an independent organization established in 2014 that facilitates Arctic business-to-business activities and responsible economic development through the sharing of best practices, technological solutions, standards, and other information. The AEC provides advice and a business perspective to the work of the Arctic Council. Vauraste’s has a Master of Science in Risk, Crisis, and Disaster Management from Leicester University and naval officer exam from the Finnish Naval Academy. He has served as vessel master and several other positions in the Finnish Coast Guard. His current military rank is Lieutenant-Commander.


The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World
Tuesday, April 3
12:00 pm
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East A (Room 2036, second floor), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Event will be live webcast at 12:00 pm at

featuring author, Jennifer E. Rothman, Professor of Law and Joseph Scott Fellow, Loyola Law School 
Who controls how one's identity is used by others? This legal question, centuries old, demands greater scrutiny in the Internet Age. Jennifer Rothman uses the right of publicity - a little-known law, often wielded by celebrities - to answer that question not just for the famous, but for everyone. Rothman challenges the conventional story of the right of publicity's development, and questions its transformation of people into intellectual property. This shift and the right's subsequent expansion undermine individual liberty, restrict free speech, and suppress artistic works.

About Jennifer
Jennifer E. Rothman is Professor of Law and the Joseph Scott Fellow at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.  She joined the Loyola faculty from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was an Associate Professor of Law.  Professor Rothman currently teaches Trademarks and Unfair Competition, Torts, Intellectual Property Theory and the Right of Publicity. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and an affiliated fellow at the Yale Information Society Project at Yale Law School. 

Professor Rothman is nationally recognized for her scholarship in the intellectual property field, and has become the leading expert on the right of publicity. She researches and writes primarily in the areas of intellectual property and constitutional law. In addition to focusing on conflicts between IP rights and other constitutionally protected rights, such as the freedom of speech, her work also explores the intersections of tort and property law, particularly in the context of the right of publicity and trademark and unfair competition law. Her forthcoming book, The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World, will be published by Harvard University Press. Professor Rothman created Rothman’s Roadmap to the Right of Publicity,, the go-to-website for right-of-publicity questions and news.

Rothman’s essays and articles regularly appear in top law reviews and journals, including Cornell Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Virginia Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and the Stanford Law & Policy Review. She is regularly invited to speak at a variety of esteemed institutions, including Columbia, Michigan, Stanford, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, U.C. Berkeley, UCLA and Yale.

Rothman received her A.B. from Princeton University where she received the Asher Hinds Book Prize and the Grace May Tilton Prize.  Rothman received an M.F.A. in film production from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she directed an award-winning documentary.  Rothman then worked in the film industry for a number of years, including positions at Paramount Pictures and Castle Rock Entertainment.

Rothman received her J.D. from UCLA, where she graduated first in her class and won the Jerry Pacht Memorial Constitutional Law Award for her scholarship in that field.  Rothman served as law clerk to the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco and then practiced as an entertainment and intellectual property litigator in Los Angeles at Irell & Manella.


From “Street Car Suburb" to “Student Ghetto:" Allston and Urban Change
Tuesday, April 3
3:00 pm
BU, 99 Cummington Mall, Room 252, Boston

Dissertation Defense of Sarah Hosman


Harvard HouseZero Typology Symposium
Tuesday, April 3
Harvard, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

The Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC) retrofitted its headquarters, a pre-1940s house in Cambridge, MA, into a first-of-its-kind test case to demonstrate unprecedented levels of building efficiency and promote substantial shifts in the design and operation of existing buildings. Dubbed “HouseZero,” the project aims to prove that ultra-efficient retrofits can, indeed, be achieved and replicated by coupling current technologies with better design.

All components of HouseZero are highly-sensored to generate data that will allow the building to adjust and reconfigure itself. This data will fuel future CGBC research involving simulated environments and the development of new systems and algorithms that can help to answer pressing questions involving energy efficiency, health and sustainability.

Scheduled to coincide with the completion of the retrofit, the Harvard HouseZero Typology Symposium will gather GSD faculty members to analyze the project. Presentations will discuss the building’s typology, design, and technologies, the collaborative process, historical context and more—resulting in a diverse range of observations that illustrate the complex issues involved in realizing an ultra-efficient retrofit and determining scalability. The program will conclude with a panel discussion.

Ali Malkawi, Professor of Architectural Technology, Harvard Graduate School of Design; Founding Director, Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities
K. Michael Hays, Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Preston Scott Cohen, Gerald M. McCue Professor in Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Antoine Picon, G. Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Erika Naginski, Professor of Architectural History, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Stephen Gray, Assistant Professor of Urban Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Gary R. Hilderbrand, Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design


The Future is Now
WHEN  Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2018, 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, IOP Conference Room, L-166, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Institute of Politics
SPEAKER(S)  Symone Sanders, IOP Spring 2018 Resident Fellow
DETAILS  One could argue the Democratic Party currently answers to no one, so it’s no wonder its various coalitions and factions are often at odds on everything from policy to how to engage electorally. This week, our guest will be one of the leading voices folks say could be the “next leader of the Democratic Party.” What challenges does he or she believe the Party needs to overcome? What opportunities should everyone from activists to operatives be capitalizing on in this moment? What is their idea of the “secret sauce” Dems need to pull it together? And of course, where does the Party go from here?


The Paradox of Germany's AfD Party: A Case of Populism in a Stable Society and Thriving Economy
WHEN  Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2018, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Adolphus Busch Hall, Hoffman Room, 27 Kirkland Street at Cabot Way, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Edouard Husson, Professor of Modern History and International Affairs, and Vice-President, Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University; Nicolas Prevelakis, Lecturer on Social Studies, Harvard University; Respondent: David Art, Associate Professor of Political Science, Tufts University
CONTACT INFO Nicolas Prevelakis
DETAILS  During Germany’s recent general elections a populist party called Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) reached 12 percent of the votes, sending 90 of its members to the German Parliament. While populism is often expected to thrive in a country undergoing a crisis, Germany is viewed as the most stable European country both economically and politically. Until this election, the traumatic experience of Nazism had made German society resistant to voting for Far-Right parties. The speaker will discuss three phenomena that may explain the rising influence of populist conservatism in Germany: 1. the underestimated social cost of adapting to a global economy 2. the Christian Democrats' low appeal among conservative voters after Angela Merkel's ten-year rule 3. the waning influence of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) - two pillars of Germany's postwar political system.


Starr Forum: Women's Empowerment: Are Global Development Organizations Helping or Hurting?
Tuesday, April 3
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building 2-190, 182 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Nimmi Gowrinathan, PhD, Visiting Professor, City College New York, Colin Powell School for Global and Civic Leadership, Director, Politics of Sexual Violence Initiative
Kate Cronin-Furman, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program, Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Free & open to the public | Refreshments served
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Revisiting and Repurposing the Double Helix
Tuesday, April 3
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building 6-120, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Professor Taekjip Ha, Johns Hopkins University

Physical Chemistry Seminar Series: A. D. Little Lecture  


Land Use Planning Innovations in the Midst of a “Migration Crisis”: Transitioning to Long Term Refugee Housing in Hamburg, Germany
Tuesday, April 3
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building E40-464, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Jessica Sadye Wolff is a Master in City Planning candidate at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning focusing on land use planning and spatial analysis in contexts of urban displacement. She received the 2017 USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance Graduate Student Fellowship in Humanitarian Shelter and Settlements. She previously worked as a Community Economic Development Peace Corps Volunteer focused on small business development and youth entrepreneurship in Senegal. Jessica earned her B.A. from Tufts University in International Relations and Economics.

Jessica’s research provides a critical lens into Germany’s highly lauded new land use planning policies for rapid construction of refugee housing. Examining Germany’s unprecedented commitment and political innovations to provide housing for more than 1.4 million asylum seekers over the past four years, she argues that the spatial aspect of a refugee's integration experience has been under-acknowledged and must be foregrounded in the housing site selection process.

In comparison to other refugee housing programs around the globe, Germany’s use of urban planning regulations and neighborhood planning processes to provide refugee housing is exceptional. Using a case study of state-provided refugee housing in Hamburg, this research analyzes the local government’s implementation of an unprecedented federal building regulation, enabling the temporary construction of refugee housing in non-residential areas.

This research provides an alternative to leading refugee housing models relying on incremental construction and rental programs, and highlights the importance of linking the historically segmented phases of emergency housing with long-term development and land use planning in cities experiencing rapid urbanization as a result of migration. Practices from this case study, as well as opportunities to refine the approach, provide insight into the development of refugee housing policy in land-constrained urban areas in the future.

Free and open to the public | Refreshments will be served


Vannevar Bush Lecture Series on Science and Technology Innovation: Katie Rae
Tuesday, April 3
5:00pm to 6:00pm
MIT,  Building E51-335, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

This lecture series, which includes imminent researchers and innovators from a wide variety of fields across MIT, will showcase the numerous forms that innovation takes and the pathways it can take from ideation to implementation. 

About the Speaker
Katie is the CEO and Managing Partner of The Engine. Previously, Katie was a founder and Managing Director at Project 11 Ventures and Managing Director of Techstars Boston. Katie spent her early career building significant Internet businesses as the Head of Product for Microsoft Startup Labs and SVP of Product at Eons. She learned the ropes of product and business development at AltaVista, RagingBull, Zip2, and Mirror Worlds. Katie currently serves as Chairman of Startup Institute where she is also a founder. She holds an MBA from Yale University and a BA in Biology from Oberlin College.


Facing Death: Images, Insights and Interventions Lecture and Workshop
Tuesday, April 3
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
LesleyUniversity, University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 3-043, Cambridge

Sandra Bertman will introduce her pioneering work in thanatology and grief counseling using the arts and humanities in international clinical, academic and public settings. In her talk on Facing Death she will draw on materials from the visual arts, excerpts from poetry, fiction, drama, and popular culture to sensitize the audience to important, universal issues confronting the dying, and those responsible for their care.

Following Bertman’s talk, Elaine Fallon will lead a writing workshop Telling The Story to reflect on Facing Death. Using essay and/or narrative writing, participants will "author" their own stories in this different context. When faced with life altering changes we often find that looking for pathways to express our feelings and articulate our emotions are helpful. Drawing upon Fallon’s experience as a professor in physical therapy and communication, this workshop will focus on the role that writing holds in helping us to recover our perspective and bring a balance back to a "new normal."


Life’s Engines: How Microbes Made Earth Habitable
Tuesday, April 3
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Paul Falkowski, Distinguished Professor, Bennett L. Smith Chair in Business and Natural Resources, Departments of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University
For almost four billion years, microbes had the primordial oceans all to themselves. Over time, they transformed the chemistry of our planet, making it habitable for plants, animals, and humans. Paul Falkowski will discuss how microbes made life on Earth possible—and how human life would cease without them today. By examining the inner workings of these miniature “engines” and the processes by which they are built and assembled—like building blocks— within every creature that walks, swims, or flies, he will reveal how microbes are the great stewards of life on Earth.

Evolution Matters Lecture Series


The Wind Tunnel Model
Tuesday, April 3
MIT, Building E15-001, act cube, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Florian Dombois and Haseeb Ahmed (SMACT’10) present their individual and collaborative artistic practices and research on wind tunnels.

Together with the Research Focus in Transdisciplinarity Zurich, led by Dombois, they edited the “Wind Tunnel Bulletin.”

Dombois will present last year’s project Galleria del Vento in Venice, while Ahmed presents excerpts from The Wind Egg, a film shot during an intervention at the von Karman Institute outside of Brussels, screened continually in the Keller Gallery from March 5 – 29.

The artists’ wind research and projects subvert the language and methods of scientific experiment and reportage, using modern wind tunnel technology to engender new narratives and new, fluid speculations about the relationships among science, art and, engineering.


The Opioid Crisis in New England
Tuesday, April 3
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Partners In Health, 800 Boylston Street, 3rd Floor, Boston
Cost:  $0 – $10

The YANA-New England Public Health Forum will explore the Opioid Crisis in New England with a panel discussion with experts addresseing the crisis from different viewpoints:
Brendan Little, Policy Director, City of Boston Mayor's Office of Recovery Services
Moira O'Neill, Child Advocate for the State of New Hampshire
Dr. Steve Bird, Head of Emergency Medicine at UMass Memorial Hospital, Worcester, MA
Juan M. Spinnato, M.D. Candidate, activist/patient advocate
For those interested in staying for the end of the program, special Narcan training will be conducted for an intimate group of 10 people. Tickets for this portion are FREE.

Partners In Health is conveniently located on the 3rd floor of the Prudential Tower in the Prudential Center. *Please bring identification, as you will need to show your ID at the front desk in order to access the elevators.* 
Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.


Plunge into Politics
Tuesday, April 3
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
City Year Inc, 287 Columbus Avenue, Boston
Cost:  $5

AmeriCorps Alums are well-equipped with proven civic leadership, team-building and problem-solving skills. So how can we leverage those skills post-service to make change in government? 

Join us for a panel discussion, in partnership with New Politics, with today's change makers to learn what impact service has had in their current positions in government, and what you can do to help lead the change! We will begin with some networking and light food at 6:00pm, with the programming beginning at 6:30pm. Panelists will discuss how their own service experiences have influenced their careers, and how those with service experience can leverage their leadership on the issues they care about. 
Given the special importance that federal policy has on AmeriCorps policy, there will be a focused discussion towards the end of the event on the current state of funding for service opportunitites and the best way alum can influence this process. We will be giving all service alumni attending an opportunity to write a short letter to a federal representative about their personal service experience and the importance of continued federal funding for service opportunities. 

Confirmed Panelists:
Eli Pimentel- Chief of Staff to Boston City Counselor Andrea Campbell and MPF/VISTA Alum
Kate Lena- STR Opioid Overdose Prevention Coordinator with the STR Opioid Overdose Prevention Coordinator and MPF/Peace Corps Alum
Paul Bologna- Digital Director with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, previously worked with MPF 
(more panelists to be added)


Our State of Sustainability with ELM
Tuesday, April 3
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Cambridge Innovation Center - Venture Cafe, 1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge
Cost:  $8 – $12

The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) is a nonprofit educational and advocacy organization committed to combating climate change and protecting land, water, and public health. By creating diverse alliances and building the power of the environmental community, ELM leverages collective influence to ensure Massachusetts is a leader in environmental and economic sustainability. With resources focused at the state level, ELM advocates for strong environmental laws and regulations on a broad range of issues, including - encouraging adequate funding for state environmental programs, combating climate change, supporting compact, walkable communities, building a 21st century transportation system, creating sustainable management of our water resources, ensuring stewardship of our urban and state parks, reducing the use of toxic chemicals, and increasing recycling and reducing solid waste.

Members of the ELM team join BASG in April to unpack some of the organization's priority areas and share their perspective on critical opportunities facing our region. 
Renewable Wind: After 16 years, Cape Wind couldn't get the blades spinning, but is offshore wind still coming to the Commonwealth? Can Massachusetts build the nation’s first utility-scale offshore wind farm? Will our residents finally benefit from the great promise of this renewable energy and the jobs that go along with it?
Green Budget: Massachusetts' economy depends largely on its natural resources - tourism, agriculture, fisheries - but only 0.5% of the state operating budget supports environmental agencies. How do we reverse a 10-year trend in declining funding and where would it be best to invest?
Smart Development: Boston's hottest real estate opportunity, Widett Circle, is for sale, but can a return to wetlands win out over the city's rising tide of development?
Transportation Emissions: "D" is for our state's disappointing progress on reducing transportation sector emissions. This is also the grade the Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Report Card gives the transportation sector, which is the largest single source of greenhouse gases (37%) of the Commonwealth’s total emissions. What will it take to move from laggard to leader in greener transit solutions?

Elizabeth Turnbull Henry, President, Environmental League of Massachusetts
A proven corporate sustainability leader, she makes the economic case for Massachusetts to lead the nation in environmental quality, innovative policy, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Prior to joining ELM, Elizabeth managed climate, energy & environmental programs at the global retailer Adidas.  
She designed the greenENERGY Fund, investing in energy efficiency, renewables and distributed energy. She also advanced the sustainability of new construction, co-led the team that set Adidas’ industry-leading targets for sustainability, and raised Adidas’ voice on national and global climate policy. Elizabeth was an EDF Climate Corps Fellow in 2010. She also consulted to the US Department of Energy, worked as Sustainability Lead for a Massachusetts-based residential construction firm, and led international travel programs to over 30 countries.

Elizabeth has an MBA and Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) from Yale University and a BA in Environmental Policy and Economics from Colby College. Raised in West Virginia, she now lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband and two children.

Eric Wilkinson, General Counsel and Director of Energy Policy, Environmental League of Massachusetts
Eric joined ELM in 2016. Prior to joining ELM, Eric served as Senior External Affairs Representative at ISO New England, the entity responsible for managing the wholesale energy grid. Eric’s responsibilities included environmental, climate change and renewable energy issues. Eric served as the lead for External Affairs on both the ISO’s energy-efficiency and distributed generation forecasts. Eric also served as Policy Advisor to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, overseeing implementation of the Board’s smart growth main extension rules and providing guidance on smart growth issues. He was Policy Director at New Jersey Future and a senior contributor to their smart growth and sustainable development policy analysis and initiatives. Eric has also worked as director of the EPA’s Voluntary Standards Network, and as a member of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. Eric holds a Juris Doctorate and a Masters in the Study of Environmental Law, cum laude from the Vermont Law School.


Return of the Sea Otter America's Cutest Animal
Tuesday, April 3
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM:
New England Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theatre, One Museum Wharf, Boston

Todd MacLeish
Sea otters were nearly driven to extinction during the fur trade in the late 1700s and 1800s, but they have recolonized most of their former range and have become one of the most popular–and cutest–animals in America. While their population is growing in many areas, they are still threatened by sharks, killer whales, oil spills, fishermen, and native hunters. Join author Todd McLeish as he shares adorable photos and describes his adventures studying sea otters from California to Alaska. This will be Todd’s first presentation of his new book, Return of the Sea Otter, and he will sign copies of the book in the IMAX lobby following his lecture.


Climate Change and Cookbooks
Tuesday, April 3
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard, CGIS Knafel 262, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

What do the UNDP and a cookbook have in common? Jennifer Baumwoll is here to tell you, as she describes UNDP's most recent project -- a cookbook -- and how climate change is impacting the food supplies of vulnerable people, and how these people are changing the types of food they grow and eat.


Phoenix Zone 
Tuesday, April 3
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Dr. Hope Ferdowsian
Few things get our compassion flowing like the sight of suffering. But our response is often shaped by our ability to empathize with others. Some people respond to the suffering of only humans or to one person’s plight more than another’s. Others react more strongly to the suffering of an animal. These divergent realities can be troubling—but they are also a reminder that trauma and suffering are endured by all beings, and we can learn lessons about their aftermath, even across species.
About the Author

Dr. Hope Ferdowsian resolved to become a doctor at the age of nine when she first learned about human rights violations like torture. She is a double-board certified fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Preventive Medicine who works with organizations worldwide providing healthcare and advocacy for vulnerable individuals in urban and rural settings.

Wednesday, April 4 – Thursday, April 5

Harvard Women’s Law Association Conference “Why We March: Women's Stories of Past, Present, and Future”
WHEN  Wednesday, Apr. 4, 12 p.m. – Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018, 4 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Law, Lecture, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Women's Law Association
The conference is sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
SPEAKER(S)  Monica Ramirez, Roberta Kaplan, Emily Martin, Amanda Nguyen, Joanne Smith, Suzie Lechtenberg, India Pinkney, Dawn Porter, Helen Wan
COST  Free, but registration required
DETAILS  The Harvard Women’s Law Association presents its 12th Annual Spring Conference, “Why We March: Women's Stories of Past, Present, and Future." The conference will tackle questions surrounding “why we march,” such as how to build coalitions, remain resilient in the face of a changing political climate, and foster change through multiple avenues. The conference will kick off with a keynote conversation with Monica Ramirez, Co-founder and President of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas (the National Farmworkers Women's Alliance). Panels will cover topics such as the #MeToo Movement and the role for lawyers in shaping powerful narratives. In addition, the conference will feature coffee chats, receptions, and free swag!
Questions? Contact the WLA at

Wednesday, April 4

MIT's Aging Brain Initiative and Picower Institute for Learning and Memory's
Brain Rhythms in Heath & Disease Symposium
Wednesday, April 4
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
MIT Building 46-3002, Singleton Auditorium, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge

This symposium is designed to bring together experts in cellular, circuit, systems, and behavioral neuroscience to share and discuss the advances and challenges in the scientific study of oscillations and synchronized activity.
The symposium will allow speakers to present their emerging understanding of the mechanistic role of neuronal oscillations in brain dynamics, cognition, behavior, and in disease.
As part of the knowledge transfer mission of MIT, this symposium will provide opportunities for disseminating knowledge, shaping new areas of scientific interest, and providing fora for discussing the latest research.
Invited speakers and audience will be interdisciplinary in nature and will have the chance to propose, integrate, and communicate research to academic colleagues in order to facilitate close collaborations and shape concrete research directions for all participants.

Marie Carlen, Karolinska Institute
Laura Colgin, UT Austin
Pascal Fries, Ernst Strüngmann Institute
Peter Jonas, IST Austria
Nancy Kopell, Boston University
Earl Miller, Picower Institute, MIT
Christopher Moore, Brown University
Jorge Palop, UCSF
Annabelle Singer, Georgia Tech
Wolf Singer, Ernst Strüngmann Institute
Vikaas Sohal, UCSF

Tentative Program:
8:30 – 9:00 AM: Breakfast
9:00 – 9:10 AM: Li-Huei Tsai, Opening Remarks
9:10 – 9:40 AM: Peter Jonas, IST Austria, "PV+ interneurons: Speed, energy efficiency and functional connectivity"
9:40 – 10:10 AM: Vikaas Sohal, UCSF
10:10 - 10:40 AM: Annabelle Singer, Georgia Tech, "Decoding Memory in Health and Alzheimer’s disease"
10:40 – 11:00 AM: Break
11:00 – 11:30 AM: Earl Miller, Picower Institute, MIT
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Marie Carlen, Karolinska Institute
12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 - 1:30 PM: Pascal Fries, Ernst Strüngmann Institute
1:30 – 2:00 PM: Laura Colgin, UT Austin, "Gamma Oscillations in the Hippocampal Network
2:00 – 2:30 PM: Jorge Palop, UCSF
2:30 – 3:00 PM: Break
3:00 – 3:30 PM: Nancy Kopell, Boston University, "Coordination of Brain Rhythms and Functional Implications"
3:30 – 4:00 PM: Christopher Moore, Brown University
4:00 – 4:45 PM: Wolf Singer, Keynote Speaker, ESI, "Temporal dynamics and information processing in the cerebral cortex"
4:45 – 5:00 PM: Matt Wilson, Closing Remarks
5:00 – 6:00 PM: Reception


Can Finance Save the World? Regaining Power Over Money to Serve the Common Good
WHEN  Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Allison Dining Room (5th Floor Taubman), 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at HKS
SPEAKER(S) Bertrand Badre, Founder and CEO, Blue Like an Orange Sustainable Capital
CONTACT INFO Lunch will be served, please RSVP to


Solar Geoengineering Research Reading Group:  Engineering Aspects of a Slow Ramp-Up Deployment Scenario
Wednesday, April 4
12:00PM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, HUCE Seminar Room 429, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

A weekly reading group, interspersed with more formal seminars, to deepen members' understanding of solar geoengineering research.

Lunch provided. RSVP to contact listed.

Contact Name:  Lizzie Burns


The Mobile Museum: Harvard, Kew Gardens and Economic Botany in Motion
Wednesday, April 4
12:00PM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, Herbaria Seminar Room (125), 22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Caroline Cornish, Research Fellow, Mobile Museum Research Project, Dept. of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London
Abstract: In 1847 botanist William Hooker opened the world’s first Museum of Economic Botany at Kew Gardens, England.  Its purpose, according to its founder, was to show “all kinds of useful and curious Vegetable Products.”  The museum was a popular success and through Hooker’s extensive use of social and institutional networks, the collections grew such that three further museum buildings were opened in 1857, 1863 and 1910. One of Hooker’s long-standing correspondents was fellow botanist Asa Gray, who had arrived at Harvard in 1842.  In 1858 he wrote his mentor, William Hooker, announcing that, “in humble imitation of Kew, I am going to establish a Museum of Vegetable Products in our University.” There ensued an intense series of exchanges of museum objects between the two institutions. Through the lens of the two museums, this talk will explore the nature of Kew-Harvard relations in the 19th century and ask the question: what is achieved when museum objects change hands?

Herbaria Seminar


A Conversation on Data and Privacy with former Facebook GC Chris Kelly
Tuesday, April 4
12:00 pm
Harvard, Pound Hall, Rm 201, 1563 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

This event is co-sponsored by Harvard Law School's Center on the Legal Profession.

Chris Kelly worked extensively in developing Facebook’s early approaches to public policy challenges including privacy.  This event will provide a free form discussion about Kelly’s career path, the goals of Facebook’s privacy policies, their interplay with Facebook’s business model, and strategies for implementation. We will also discuss more generally the current political environment in which user-data-driven technology companies find themselves, potential re-implementation, and the possible role of domestic and international privacy regulation. Finally, we’ll find out what Kelly has been involved with since leaving Facebook professionally, politically, and personally.  Kelly will be in discussion with Prof. Ron Dolin, who is currently teaching “Law 2.0: Technology’s Impact on the Practice of Law” at HLS.

About Chris Kelly:
Chris Kelly, HLS ’97, is an entrepreneur, attorney, and activist. From September 2005 to August 2009, he served as the first General Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer and Head of Global Public Policy at Facebook. As an early leader at Facebook, he helped it grow from its college roots to the ubiquitous communications medium it is today. In 2010, Kelly was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for California Attorney General. Since his departure from Facebook and campaign for Attorney General, he has become a prominent investor in award-winning independent films, restaurants, and technology start-ups including MoviePass, Fandor, Organizer, and rentLEVER. Kelly became a co-owner of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings in May 2013.


Health in the Headlines: Reporting on Health Policy in the Trump Era
Wednesday, April 4
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Harvard, Milstein East, Wasserstein Building, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation for a panel discussion with leading health care journalists about the rapidly shifting health policy landscape in Washington DC. The panel will discuss the high drama of a tumultuous year in health policy that has seen repeated congressional attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the resignation of a cabinet secretary amidst scandal, and a steady effort to undermine Obama era priorities. Further, the panel, joined by moderator Emma Sandoe, will explore the role of journalism in modern policy making, and how social media impacts the dialogue.

Julie Rovner
Julie Rovner is Chief Washington Correspondent at Kaiser Health News. She joined KHN after 16 years as health policy correspondent for NPR, where she helped lead coverage of the Affordable Care Act. A noted expert on health policy issues, she authored of the critically praised reference book Health Care Politics and Policy A-Z.
Margot Sanger-Katz
Margot Sanger-Katz is a domestic correspondent at The New York Times, where she covers health care for The Upshot. She was previously a reporter at National Journal and the Concord Monitor, and an editor at Legal Affairs Magazine and the Yale Alumni Magazine.
Rachana Pradham
Rachana Pradhan is a health care reporter for POLITICO, where she covers the Affordable Care Act’s intersection with federal and state health care politics. She joined POLITICO in 2014 after covering implementation of the Affordable Care Act at Inside Health Policy, a Washington-based health care trade publication. Pradhan got her start in journalism covering city government for The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Emma Sandoe
Emma Sandoe is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Harvard Program in Health Policy studying Political Analysis. Previously, she worked for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Department of Health and Human Services Budget Office, and at the Center for American Progress.


Gutman Library Distinguished Author Series: Slow Looking: The Art and Practice of Learning Through Observation
WHEN  Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Gutman Conference Center - Area 3, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Special Events
SPEAKER(S)  Shari Tishman
DETAILS  Slow looking is a way of building knowledge. It involves purposefully looking beyond a first glance, and it happens anywhere people take a generous amount of time to observe the world closely—in classrooms and museums, in laboratories and on neighborhood walks. Drawing examples from art, science, and everyday life, this talk explores the history of slow looking as well as its contemporary practices. It makes an argument for the special relevance of slow looking in today’s educational climate, and shows how slow looking is a learnable practice with a distinctive set of skills and dispositions that differ from those involved in other modes of learning. Along the way, the talk shares some surprising research about the appeal of slow looking for today’s youth, and invites audience members to try out some slow looking themselves.


Witches, Vaccines, Pizzas, and the Politics of Storytelling: Toward a Generative Model of Social Stories
Wednesday, April 4
1:30 pm
Northeastern, 177 Huntington Avenue, 11th floor, Boston

Timothy R. Tangherlini, Professor, UCLA
In the run up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, two scandals were front and center in the American news, social media, and across the internet. “Bridgegate” was based on verifiable events related to the closure of several lanes leading to the George Washington bridge in Ft. Lee, New Jersey. “Pizzagate” was based entirely on an ideologically-driven fiction that was presented through a series of stories told as true, in which high ranking members of the Democratic establishment were alleged to be involved in a child-traficking ring operating out of the basement of a Washington DC pizza parlor. This type of informal, yet ideological, storytelling constitutes a large part of everyday interaction, both in the online and offline worlds. In this work, we propose a three-level generative model of everyday storytelling. This model makes use of the “deep structure” models of earlier studies, yet accommodates the incomplete and noisy storytelling that characterizes most online and face-to-face interactions, by inserting an intermediary meso-level. This intermediary level allows us to uncover the emergence of stable narrative frameworks that reveal the dynamic relationships between actants, and trace the shifts in that framework caused by the observable aspects of storytelling. Using relatively straightforward computational methods, we are able to derive for any domain the narrative framework and match observed stories to that framework. We base this work on three main case studies: legends of witchcraft from 19th century Denmark, stories of vaccine hesitancy among American parents over the past decade, and the Pizzagate conspiracy.

Timothy R. Tangherlini is a Professor at UCLA. He holds a joint appointment in the Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures and the Scandinavian Section. A folklorist by training, he is the author of Danish Folktales, Legends and Other Stories, and has also published widely in academic journals, including The Journal of American Folklore, Western Folklore, Journal of Folklore Research, Folklore, Scandinavian Studies, Danske Studier, PlosOne, Computer and Communications of the Association for Computing Machines. He has produced three documentary films and acted as consultant on documentaries and films for Disney Animation, National Geographic Television, National Geographic Specials and PBS. He recently co-directed a semester long program on Culture Analytics at NSF’s Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics. His current work focuses on computational approaches to problems in the study of literature and culture. He is the president of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, and a Fellow of the American Folklore Society. His research has been funded by the NEH, the NSF, the NIH, the Mellon Foundation, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Korea Foundation, the American Scandinavian Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and Google.


Regulating Digital Intermediaries
Wednesday, April 4
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
BU, Hariri Seminar Room at the Hariri Institute for Computing, 111 Cummington Mall, Boston
Please RSVP to Tyler Gabrielski at

Online platforms such as Amazon and Facebook have presented a host of potential societal challenges, touching on independent elections, free speech, monopoly power, and consumer protection. These issues raise questions about how government agencies can best use their existing authority, and how the current regulatory architecture should be updated. This Cyber Alliance discussion will consider existing regulatory efforts with a goal of exploring structural reforms to improve digital intermediary oversight.


Meeting of Waters
WHEN  Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Clarissa Tossin, 2017–2018 Fellow, Radcliffe Institute; Visual Artist
COST  Free
DETAILS  As a Radcliffe fellow, Clarissa Tossin is working toward the installation “Meeting of Waters,” which investigates the manufacturing of mass-produced goods in the Free Trade Zone of Manaus in the Amazon forest and the traditional ways of making practiced by the indigenous communities in the region. With this project, Tossin is furthering her interest in material culture production ecosystems and how they engage the body of the maker, the surrounding environment, and the use and value attributed to the production.


Climate Week at HBS: Fireside Chat with David Crane on "The Role of Business in Climate Policy"
Wednesday, April 4
4:00PM TO 5:30PM
Harvard, Chao 340, HBS, 25 Harvard Way, Allston

As CEO of NRG Energy (2003-2015), Crane attempted to turn the company into a major renewable energy provider. Now a Senior Operating Executive at Pegasus Capital Advisors, Crane will speak about business leaders’ role in affecting climate policy.

Bio: David Crane is a Senior Operating Executive at Pegasus.  Prior to joining Pegasus as an Operating Advisor, David served as President and CEO of NRG Energy from 2003 until 2015.  NRG was a Fortune 250 company and a member of the S&P 500.  David is a global thought leader in the push towards a clean energy economy and sustainable development. During David’s tenure, NRG and David personally won numerous industry, community, and environmental awards. Prior to NRG, David served as Executive Director of London based International Power from 2000 to 2003. Prior to that, David was a Senior Vice President of Global Power at Lehman Brothers from 1996 through 2000, where David was responsible for Lehman Brothers’ Global Power business in emerging markets (Latin America and Asia) with a focus on project financing and the privatization of state-owned utilities (Thailand, Brazil).

Contact Name:  Marina Jokic


What News Do We Trust?
WHEN  Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018, 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Institute of Politics Conference Room, L-166, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Institute of Politics
SPEAKER(S)  Scott Jennings, IOP Spring 2018 Resident Fellow
Rebecca Kavanagh, Political Scientist, RAND Corporation and Associate Director of the Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program in RAND's Arroyo Center
DETAILS  Some have called 2016 “the Facebook election,” and now the company is under the microscope for its role in spreading “fake news” and its responsibilities as a distributor of political information. At the same time, distrust in the traditional news media has hit an all-time high. Join Scott Jennings to explore the rapidly changing information distribution environment, including a new Rand Corporation study called Truth Decay: An Initial Exploration of the Diminishing Role of Facts and Analysis in American Public Life.


Alone Together: Strength and Solidarity Between The Roma and African-American Communities
WHEN  Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Starr Auditorium, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The FXB Center for Health and Human Rights; The Department of African and African American Studies; HKS Office of Diversity and Inclusion
SPEAKER(S)  Dr. Cornel West, Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy, Harvard University Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard Divinity School;  Margareta Matache, Instructor, the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, HKS, MC-MPA’19;  Jacqueline Bhabha, Director of Research, the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights;
COST  This event is free and open to the public.
DETAILS  The struggles of African Americans and Roma find parallels on many fronts, both past and present. From the suffering of enslaved people to present day police abuse, these communities are victims of similar unjust dogmas, policies, laws, and actions. Yet, social movements continue to isolate their struggles, failing to experience the power of collaboration. The panel discussion will address opportunities for solidarity between Roma and African American organizations and groups.
Reception to follow.


CleanTech Happy Hour
Wednesday, April 4
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
InTeahouse, 727 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

If you are a CleanTech entrepreneur, founder or investor then come introduce yourself at Inteahouse's CleanTech Happy Hour!

Located in Central Sqaure, directly between Harvard and MIT, InTeahouse is a hub for innovators and investors from all over the world.

CEOs and senior experts in the field of cleantech will be in attendance, so come meet them, learn more about InTeahouse, and enjoy some complimentary drinks and snacks.

We look forward to meeting you!


Pre-Release Preview & Discussion: Decoding the Weather Machine
Wednesday, April 4
5:30 pm
Harvard, Science Center Lecture Hall C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

The Harvard University Center for the Environment and the WGBH Science Series NOVA invite you to a special sneak preview event featuring clips from upcoming NOVA film, DECODING THE WEATHER MACHINE.

Followed by a discussion with:
Paula S. Apsell, NOVA Senior Executive Producer
Daniel Schrag, Harvard University
Ralph Keeling, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
Jim McCarthy, Harvard University
Doug Hamilton, Writer, Producer, and Director of Decoding the Weather Machine
Caitlin Saks, Co-Producer of Decoding the Weather Machine and Science Editor for NOVA
Disastrous hurricanes. Widespread droughts and wildfires. Withering heat. Extreme rainfall. It is hard not to conclude that something’s up with the weather, and many scientists agree. It’s the result of the weather machine itself—our climate—changing, becoming hotter and more erratic. In this 2-hour documentary, NOVA will cut through the confusion around climate change. Why do scientists overwhelmingly agree that our climate is changing, and that human activity is causing it? How and when will it affect us through the weather we experience? And what will it take to bend the trajectory of planetary warming toward more benign outcomes? Join scientists around the world on a quest to better understand the workings of the weather and climate machine we call Earth, and discover how we can be resilient—even thrive—in the face of enormous change.

NOVA DECODING THE WEATHER MACHINE premieres Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 8pm ET/8C on PBS. NOVA is a production of WGBH Boston.

National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by Draper. Major funding for NOVA is provided by The David H. Koch Fund for Science, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.  Major funding for DECODING THE WEATHER MACHINE is provided by the Ives Family Fund and The Kendeda Fund.


Architects of Disinformation: Behind the Scenes of Troll Accounts and Fake News in the Philippines
Wednesday, April 4
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Harvard, Bell Hall, Belfer Building, 5th Floor, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

The Pan-Harvard Filipino Network invites you to a forum-discussion entitled Architects of Disinformation: Behind the Scenes of Troll Accounts and Fake News in the Philippines. Co-sponsored by the Shorenstein Center, the Nieman Foundation, and the HKS Southeast Asia Caucus.

Professor Jonathan Ong of UMass Amherst will present his report on the industry behind troll accounts and fake news in the Philippines, the world’s social media capital. This will be followed by a panel discussion with Nieman 2018 Fellow and Rappler co-founder Glenda M. Gloria. The panel will be moderated by former Associated Press reporter and 2007 Nieman Fellow Tini Tran.


Why Cancer Is Everywhere
WHEN  Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Museum of Natural History, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Presented by Harvard Museum of Natural History and Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
SPEAKER(S)  Athena Aktipis, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology; Lincoln Professor, Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics; Director, Cooperation and Conflict Lab, Arizona State University
COST  Free and open to the public.
CONTACT INFO (617) 495-3045
DETAILS  Humans are not alone in their struggle with cancer. All multicellular organisms grapple with this disease because cancer is intricately linked to the evolution of multicellularity and to the systems of cellular cooperation that enable complex organisms to thrive. Evolution underlies the processes that lead cancer cells to overproliferate and overconsume resources as well as their ability to resist aggressive medical treatments. In this free, public lecture presented by Harvard Museum of Natural History and Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Athena Aktipis will discuss how an evolutionary approach to understanding and treating cancer can transform it from being a disease that threatens our lives to one we can live with, as our multicellular ancestors have for millions of years.


Is Higher Ed Worth It?
Wednesday, April 4 
6:00 PM - 8:00PM
WeWork Fort Point, 51 Melcher Street, Boston

Among Boston's thriving millennial scene, many young adults have aspirations to develop their skill sets to be better positioned for long-term success in their organization and community. Join SPARK Boston for a discussion to help answer a burning question: Is higher education worth the time and expense? Our panel of experienced professionals will discuss the benefits and pathways of obtaining an advanced degree, how it helped (or didn't help) their career, the importance of development and how to escalate your career with or without an added diploma.

If you've thought about applying to grad school, have questions about the pros/cons, or not sure how to use your degree to its fullest potential, this event is for you.

Special thanks to WeWork and Level Edu for generously providing the venue and drinks for this event! 

The Rundown:
Meet 75 millennials from various industries asking themselves the same question of higher education. The evening will feature a panel discussion followed by small group topic networking sessions to ask more specific questions with our guests.

Meet Our Panelists: 
Alex de Aranzeta, M.A., J.D.
Alex is the CEO and Founder of Accessity LLC, a consulting firm that advises and trains organizations and startups on diversity, inclusion, equity and accessibility strategies. Previously, Alex worked at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, where she investigated, mediated and resolved hundreds of cases of harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct; led statewide learning and development; and built a model language access program. She’s also worked in higher ed, scaling diversity programming and leading Title IX investigations. Today, Alex leads Accessity and manages diversity compliance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, serving 50,000 government employees. 

Andrew Breiter-Wu
Andrew Breiter-Wu is a sustainability propeller, climate leader, and a self-disciplined entrepreneur. He has combined all of his passions and skills, to develop Breiter Planet Properties. The company is a platform that enables him to grow a team focused on addressing the country's energy issues. Andrew volunteers his time to help students and emerging professionals find their career path in the sustainability industry.

Katie Chaput
Katie earned her Bachelor of Science in Economics at Northeastern University in 2005 and an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from Babson College in 2017. She has 10 years of sales experience across a variety of industries and her expertise lies in building and executing sales strategies in fast-paced growing businesses. Katie is now working in business development at Wayfair and loves the art of deal making. She specifically enjoys working with clients to find the best creative solutions to their business challenges.

Lauren Landry
Lauren Landry is an associate director of content marketing at Northeastern University and affiliated faculty member at Emerson College. Prior to joining Northeastern, she served as a contributing writer at Boston magazine and as an associate editor at BostInno, where she wrote nearly 3,500 articles covering all things education and early-stage tech. Her work has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, Inside Higher Ed, and more.

Martin Zogran
Martin is a principal and urban designer in Sasaki's Urban Studio. With over 20 years of experience designing urban centers across the globe, Martin's experience with mixed-use districts and large-scale framework plans spans many scales, from small urban infill sites to large scale regional plans. At Sasaki, Martin participates in the leadership of big-picture thinking for the urban design practice in order to foster and maintain Sasaki's unique inter-disciplinary approach to urban design. Martin holds a master of architecture in urban design with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he taught urban design for 10 years. He received a bachelor of arts in architecture and art history at Rice University.


Black Lives Matter: Race-Based Policing as a Threat to the Rule of Law
Wednesday, April 4
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Northeastern, West Village F, 20, 40A Leon Street, Boston

Speakers:  Chiraag Bains, former Federal Prosecutor and Senior Official, Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division; Author, Ferguson Report
Patricia Williams, James L. Dohr Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
The Spring 2018 Open Classroom will explore the definition of the Rule of Law, what it requires, what happens in its absence, and how it has declined and emerged globally. We will also explore some of the tensions between the Rule of Law and Democratic Governance, focusing on the Rule of Law in time of polarization and technological upheaval (as in the United States but also abroad).

The Spring 2018 Myra Kraft Open Classroom is co-sponsored by the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Northeastern’s School of Law.


2018 MIT Water Innovation Prize Final Pitch Night
Wednesday, April 4
6PM - 9PM
MIT Media Lab, 6th Floor, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

The finalists in our student innovation competition will pitch for $30,000 in prize grants. We will also hear from speakers across sectors about the world’s water challenges and new innovations to address them.

Come hear student entrepreneurs who are solving global water issues pitch for $30k in grant funding!
Speakers for the event will be:
Minaj Chowdhury - CEO/Co-Founder at Drinkwell
Debra G. Coy - Partner at XPV Water Partners
Dinner will be provided. More info can be found at


ΨPSI:  A Film about Free Will
Wednesday, April 4
6:00pm to 8:30pm
MIT, Building 32-155, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

A screening of the film Ψpsi by Oliver Wright, followed by discussion with Daniel Dennett, Bob Doyle, Robert Kane, Alfred Mele, and Olivier Wright.


The Secret to Developing Emotional Intelligence
Wednesday, 4 April
6:30 – 8 pm EDT
GA Boston, 125 Summer Street 13th Floor, Boston

Why is there a plethora of business advice focusing on the practical aspects, but so little on how to manage the single most important factor in your success: You.
Are you trying to grow your business but stand in your own way? Find it hard to deal with stress, setbacks or rejection? Struggle to build relationships and influence key partners or clients? Want to learn how to manage yourself better, or understand others?

Research shows that our 'emotional intelligence' is responsible for up to 80% of the factors that determine how 'successful' we are in our business and personal lives. It's not our IQ, education, or family background that are most important, but our ability to recognise, interpret and manage the emotions of ourselves, and those of others.

Join us for an interactive workshop to learn more about how to improve your emotional intelligence and find the success you've always wanted.

Learn what emotions are and why we have them
Understand what emotional intelligence is and why it’s important
Increase your self awareness
Gain better self control
Develop empathy for others
Become a better communicator

About the Speaker
Scott Stolze, Founder, Teaching 2 Lead
Scott Stolze is the Founder of Teaching 2 Lead and the Innovator of the life changing program, “Create Your Great — How To Create Your Dream Career”. Scott believes everyone deserves to have fulfillment and joy in the work they do, and that the way to do that is by owning your career and creating your fulfillment.
“My goal is to help thousands of people take ownership of their career and create fulfillment in the work they do”, says Scott. “I want to help people create a path in which they’re doing what they want to do, not what they feel they have to do or should be doing. Create Your Great, and enjoy what you are doing today and every day.”

Scott also teaches leadership principles and leadership development to individuals, groups and organizations. Inspired to lead a better life, to become a better leader and to be accountable, Scott focuses every day on learning how to lead himself in better and more effective ways, and sharing those experiences and that knowledge with others.

Scott recently spent over 5 years with CVS Health (Fortune 10 company) in Leadership roles in which management skills and personal accountability were essential, and now he wants to expand on and share what he has learned and continues to learn outside of the corporate walls. Scott lives in Boston, MA, but he likes to be known as someone who will travel to and be anywhere where he can provide value.


The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King
Wednesday April 4
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

Jason Sokol 
A vivid portrait of how Americans grappled with King’s violent death and lasting influence in the days, weeks, and months after his assassination.


The New Cold War? 
Wednesday, April 4
7 pm 
First Parish Church, 3 Church Street, Cambridge

with author and journalist, James Kirchick will take place on .  Kirchick, whose latest book The End of Europe is now out in paperback, will expound upon the implications of Putin's victory in the recent Russian election and other cultural and political developments in Europe. Kirchick is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institute and a correspondent for the Daily Beast. He will be joined in discussion by Professor David Szakonyi, an Academy Scholar at Harvard and a Research Fellow at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia.

More information at


Revealing a Sense of Place
Wednesday, April 4
7:00 — 8:30 pm
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Matthew Cunningham, Principal and Founder of Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design

Seasonal New England is rich in its unique and dynamic ecological patterns. Join us, as Matthew explores how his observations of these natural systems have influenced his firm’s creation of contextual and native plant-centric projects that grasp the rhythms of everyday life. He will show us a variety of residential landscapes, large and small, that embrace our regional flora, utilize ecologically sustainable principles, and that build connections between interior and exterior spaces to strengthen our relationship with nature. Come be inspired by these beautiful, vibrant landscapes that enhance life for both their human and their wild residents.

Matthew Cunningham is a rising star in the world of landscape architecture. He is passionate about the landscapes of New England and is committed to excellent design with ecologically sustainable principles. A graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, he worked at the renowned firm Reed Hilderbrand Associates before starting his own practice. Matthew was named “International Designer of the Year” by the APLD in 2017.
This lecture co-sponsored by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects


Electricity, Epilepsy, and How Your Brain Stays Balanced
Wednesday, April 4
7pm - 9pm
Harvard, Pfizer Hall, Mallinckrodt Chemistry Labs, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Kelsey Tyssowski


Dance Freedom’s 50th Birthday
Wednesday, April 4
7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge

Dance Freedom is a barefoot weekly dance, continuously running for 47 years. In a drug, alcohol, and shoe-free environment, we've been making friends and sharing safe and creative dances for decades. Come join the fun!! Discover the joy of dancing in a totally non-judgmental atmosphere, where anything safe and respectful goes... dance by yourself, in a group, or with a partner. First time visitors are welcomed heartily! You decide what to pay in a range from $10 to $20, (or help with equipment and get in free). Our friendly dancers range from utterly new at it to very skilled dancers in many different styles, but at heart they all love to dance.

This is an improvisational jam for for people who love to dance. The music runs the gamut: funk, latin, world music, soul & r&b, house, trance, hip-hop, jazz or swing, reggae, disco, you name it! Each DJ from our rotating list has a unique style, but we try to include something for everyone in every set.

At 7:50 we Will have opening circle then the dance starts with our first DJ of the evening. 9pm There is a brief break for community announcements and perhaps a short performance From a community member, then cut the rug again with the evening's second DJ, till 10:30.

At the beginning of each half of the evening's music, dancers hold hands, and dance in a winding chain together. (This dance was created from out of a drumming circle on the Cambridge Common in the sixties, after all, and some of that great political and community spirit still lives on here.) Then, it's all dance music, generally building in tempo to a crescendo, slowing down again for some more melodic and slow dance songs for a few minutes, then gradually building to a second crescendo. The second half of the evening's dance follows roughly the same pattern with a different DJ and style, and ends with another circle dance for those who enjoy it.

Dancers can apply help with set-up or take-down, and get in free for doing so! It's a great chance to get to know the community better. Welcome! For more information, E-mail:

Thursday, April 5 - April 7

MTA Playwrights Lab: Weekend-long Festival
Thursday, April 5 - April 7
8:00pm to 9:30pm
MIT, Building W97, 345 Vassar Street, Cambridge

A first-of-its-kind collaboration between MIT students and professional theatre artists, the MTA Playwrights Lab is a weekend-long festival of staged readings of student-written work. Each writer in Senior Lecturer Ken Urban’s Playwrights’ Workshop (21M.785) will be featured in the Lab.

This year’s writers are Alaisha Alexander '18, Crystal Chang ‘20, Ayomide Fatunde ‘18, Amanda Fike ‘19, Fatima Husain (Grad), Alana Lidawer ‘18, Kollin Wasserlein ‘19, Rachel Yang ‘18. The directors are Adam Greenfield (Associate Artistic Director, Playwrights Horizons, NYC), Marti Lyons (The Wolves, Studio Theatre, DC), and LA Williams (founding Artistic Director of the Black Directors Studio).

Director Marti Lyons will also be conducting her “Text as Blueprint” workshop for the MIT community.

Free and open to the public
Reservations not required

Thursday 4/5
Opening Reception @ 7pm
Program A @ 8pm
The Courting at Roya by Alaisha Alexander ‘18
Directed by LA Williams
Fireproof by Fatima Husain (Grad)
Directed by Marti Lyons
Friday 4/6
“Text as Blueprint” Workshop @ 12noon
with Director Marti Lyons
Program B @ 8pm
Sand by Kollin Wasserlein ‘19
Directed by Adam Greenfield
Tactless by Rachel Yang ‘18
Directed by LA Williams
Saturday 4/7
Program C @ 2pm
Ants by Ayomide Fatunde ‘18
Directed by Adam Greenfield
90 Seconds by Crystal Chang ‘20
Directed by LA Williams
Program D @ 8pm
Untitled by Amanda Fike ‘19
Directed by Adam Greenfield
Ideal by Alana Lidawer ‘18
Directed by Marti Lyons

Thursday, April 5

Thursday, April 5
10AM – 2PM
Northeastern, Cabot Physical Education Center, 400 Huntington Avenue, Boston

RISE is northeastern’s nexus for accelerating innovation.

At RISE, 2000+ industry leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, and technology enthusiasts from diverse sectors engage more than 400 of Northeastern’s solution-focused innovations.


Senseable Cities, with Carlo Ratti
Thursday, April 5
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
MIT Tang Center, Building E51- 372, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Come learn about the future of our cities, with Carlo Ratti, a leading voice in the debate on new technologies’ impact on urban life!
An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Laboratory, and is a founding partner of the international design and innovation practice Carlo Ratti Associati. A leading voice in the debate on new technologies’ impact on urban life, his work has been exhibited in several venues worldwide, including the Venice Biennale, New York’s MoMA, London’s Science Museum, and Barcelona’s Design Museum. Two of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel – were hailed by Time Magazine as ‘Best Inventions of the Year’. He has been included in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List: 50 people who will change the world’. He is currently serving as co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, and as special advisor on Urban Innovation to the European Commission.
For further information visit and 


HBS Climate Action Day
Thursday, April 5
11:30 am–2 pm
Harvard Business School, Spangler Patio, 117 Western Avenue, Allston

Open to the entire community, come celebrate HBS’ commitment to sustainability and a healthier environment.

Learn more about low-emissions living, Harvard’s new climate action plan, and experience a Tesla Model X and Chevy Bolt while you’re at it! Enjoy sustainable food, FREE bicycle tune-ups and electronic-waste recycling (personal devices only; some restrictions apply).

Email with any questions.


Oh, the Places You Can Go! Maintaining a Commitment to Your Career and to Sustainability: A discussion with Lily Hooks (Russell), Director of Strategy for Nike Inc & Converse
Thursday, April 5
MIT, Building E62-223, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Our experience at MIT Sloan can launch us on a variety of fulfilling career paths. Similarly, many of us are committed to having an impact and working in sustainability. These are not mutually exclusive. This discussion will center on upholding both commitments: career & sustainability. In the spirit of the ‘Places You Can Go,’ Lily Hooks recently transitioned from Director of Strategy for Sustainable Manufacturing & Sourcing at Nike, Inc to Director of Strategy for Operations at Converse. Lunch provided.


Scuttling the Craft: A Progress Report on Deconstructing the Expert State
WHEN  Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Law, Lecture, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Regulatory Policy Program at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)   Joseph Goffman, Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Environmental Law Program
CONTACT INFO Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to


Bound to the Fire:  How Virginia's Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine
Thursday, April 5
Tufts, Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford

Kelley Fanto Deetz, Research Associate, James River Institute for Archaeology and Visiting Assistant Professor, Randolph College
This talk will discuss archaeological evidence, cookbooks, plantation records, and folklore to present a nuanced study of the lives of enslaved plantation cooks from colonial times through emancipation and beyond. Dr. Fanto Deetz will talk about how these men and women were literally “bound to the fire” as they lived and worked in the sweltering and often fetid conditions of plantation house kitchens. She will also discuss how these highly skilled cooks drew upon skills and ingredients brought with them from their African homelands to create complex, labor- intensive dishes such as oyster stew, gumbo, and fried fish and how their white owners overwhelmingly received the credit for their creations.

Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz is a Research Associate at the James River Institute for Archaeology and Visiting Assistant Professor at Randolph College. She holds a B.A. in Black Studies from The College of William and Mary, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in African American Studies from U.C. Berkeley. She specializes in early African Diaspora culture and archaeology, slavery, visual and material culture, and public history. She has worked as a historical consultant for television, museums, and for the film The Birth of a Nation. Deetz partnered with National Geographic to produce the documentary film Rise Up: The Legacy of Nat Turner (National Geographic Channel), and authored the cover story for the National Geographic History Magazine entitled Nat Turner’s Bones: Reclaiming an American Rebel. Her book Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine was released in November.


Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: Mindy Lubber of Ceres
Thursday, April 5
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building E40-160, One Amherst Street, Cambridge

Our next speaker event features Mindy Lubber, founder & CEO of Ceres. Ceres is dedicated to driving sustainability by leveraging capital markets. Mindy will speak on her efforts to integrate sustainability in Fortune 500 companies, as well as her work in building nonprofits. Mindy takes an entrepreneurial lens to her work and will share her lesson as a founder. She'll also help studentssee where opportunities lie and how to use the capital markets to make a positive impact on the world.


A talk with Marilù Capparelli, PhD, Legal Director at Google 
Thursday, April  5
12:00 pm
Harvard, Hauser Hall 104, Harvard Law School Campus, Cambridge
Complimentary lunch provided

Please join the Harvard Italian Law Association and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society for a discussion on several legal and regulatory issues concerning digital platforms: controversial content, brand safety, privacy and GDPR compliance, scope of removal and CJEU pending cases, tax, copyright, and antitrust enforcement.

Ms. Marilù Capparelli is managing director of Google Legal Department in the EMEA area. Before joining Google, she was Head of Legal and Government Affairs at eBay Inc. She is the author of several legal articles and regularly lectures in master degrees on law and technology.  She has been recently listed amongst the most influential Italian women lawyers. 

This event is being co-sponsored by the Harvard Italian Law Association at Harvard Law School and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.


A Post-Trump Agenda for a Divided America: Isabel Sawhill at The Harvard Law Forum
WHEN  Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wasserstein Campus Center, Room #1015, 1585 Mass. Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Law, Lecture, Research study, Social Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Isabel V. Sawhill is a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. She has served as co-director of the Center on Children and Families, a senior fellow at The Urban Institute, an Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and co-founder of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Her research has spanned a wide array of economic and social issues, including fiscal policy, economic growth, poverty and inequality. Over the past decade, her major focus has been on how to improve opportunities for disadvantaged children in the U.S.
CONTACT INFO Contact Pete Davis at for more information
DETAILS  Isabel V. Sawhill is a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. She has served as co-director of the Center on Children and Families, a senior fellow at The Urban Institute, an Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and co-founder of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Her research has spanned a wide array of economic and social issues, including fiscal policy, economic growth, poverty and inequality. Over the past decade, her major focus has been on how to improve opportunities for disadvantaged children in the U.S.
She is coming to Harvard Law to share her thoughts and experience on what inclusive growth policies could unite a post-Trump America.
Free and open to the public, with lunch provided.
Contact Pete Davis at for more information.


Global Heartland: Displaced Labor, Transnational Lives, and Local Placemaking 
Thursday, April 5
12:30pm to 2:00pm
MIT, Building 9-255, City Arena, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Faranak Mifaftab, University of Illinois

International Development Group Series 


The Well-Tempered City (with Jonathan Rose)
Thursday, April 5
12:30pm to 2:00pm
MIT, Building 9-345, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

A lecture by Jonathan Rose, President/Founder of Jonathan Rose Companies
All are welcome to hear about Mr. Rose’s book on how to create resilient cities, The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life, a work published by Harper Wave in 2016, and winner of the 2017 PROSE Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Trade Publisher.

Jonathan F.P. Rose’s business, public policy and not-for-profit work focus on creating a more environmentally, socially and economically responsible world. In 1989, Mr. Rose founded Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate development, planning, consulting and investment firm. The firm has completed $2.3 billion of transformational work, in close collaboration with cities and notfor-profits. 

Mr. Rose is a thought leader in a wide range of urban issues, and the development of communities of opportunity. He has received the MIT’s Visionary Leadership Award, The Urban Land Institute’s global award for Excellence and many other awards for his work. Mr. Rose graduated from Yale University in 1974 with a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy, and received a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980.


Nanolecture Series: Vulnerability of ground water resources regarding emerging contaminants and nanoparticles
WHEN  Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018, 1 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  665 Huntington Avenue, Building 1, Room 1302, Boston
SPEAKER(S)  Thilo Hofmann, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Geosciences, University of Vienna, Austria
COST  Free
DETAILS  Globally, groundwater resources are one of the most important sources for drinking water supply. Combined with techniques like aquifer storage and recovery, they serve as storage and clean up to secure long-term safe drinking water. However, even though often well protected by overlaying sediments, aquifers and groundwater resources are prone to threats from emerging contaminants, including nanoparticles. The production and use of emerging contaminants inevitably leads to the release, among others, of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) into aquatic environments. Concerns, therefore, arise over the possibility that ENPs might pose a threat to drinking water supplies. Investigations into the vulnerability of drinking water supplies to ENPs are hampered by the absence of suitable analytical methods capable of detecting and quantifying ENPs in complex aqueous matrices. Analytical data concerning the presence of ENPs in drinking water supplies is therefore scarce. The eventual fate of ENPs in the natural environment and in processes that are important for drinking water production are currently being investigated through laboratory-based experiments and modelling. Although the information obtained from these studies may not yet be sufficient to allow comprehensive assessment of the complete life-cycle of ENPs, it does provide a valuable starting point for predicting the relevance of ENPs to drinking water supplies. On the other side, emerging contaminants might also be of “benefit” to understanding groundwater flow and infiltration patterns. This talk will address specific aspects of groundwater vulnerability including trace contaminants and nanoparticles. Besides classical hydrogeological approaches, including the usage of emerging contaminants and groundwater modelling to understand subsurface flow, possible threats from nanoparticles will be addressed.


Health of the Public Sphere: Measurement and Interventions
Thursday, April 5
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Harvard, Littauer 130, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Speaker series on fake news and misinformation, co-sponsored by the NULab at Northeastern University.

Deb Roy is an Associate Professor at MIT where he directs the Laboratory for Social Machines (LSM) based at the Media Lab. His lab explores new methods in media analytics (natural language processing, social network analysis, speech, image, and video analysis) and media design (information visualization, games, communication apps) with applications in children’s learning and social listening.

Roy is also co-founder and chairman of Cortico, a not-for-profit media technology company that is developing media technologies and services with the aim of improving the health of discourse in the public sphere. Cortico and LSM collaborate in order to translate MIT research into field-ready scalable technologies, and to inform new research questions at MIT grounded in field experience.

He was co-founder and CEO of Bluefin Labs, a social TV analytics company, which MIT Technology Review named as one of the 50 most innovative companies of 2012. Bluefin was acquired by Twitter in 2013, Twitter’s largest acquisition at the time. From 2013-2017 Roy served as Twitter’s Chief Media Scientist. In this role, he guided Twitter’s product strategy and led the transition of the Bluefin team to become a global data science capability for the platform.

An author of over 130 academic papers, his popular TED talk Birth of a Word presents his research into his own son’s language development that led to new ideas in media analytics. A native of Canada, Roy received a Bachelor of Applied Science (computer engineering) from the University of Waterloo and a PhD in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT.


Using Forward and Reverse Genetics Approaches to Understand the Remarkable Phenotypic Plasticity of a Native Plant 
Thursday, April 5
Harvard, Biological Labs Lecture Hall, Room 1080, 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Ian T. BaldwinIan T. Baldwin, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Abstract: We have developed a native tobacco plant, Nicotiana attenuata that grows in the Great Basin Desert of the SW USA, into a model system for the study of all types of plant-ecological interactions, particularly those biotic interactions that dominate the agricultural niche. Plants are rooted in both the ground and at the base of most food chains, but have evolved an impressive repertoire of plastic responses that allow them to solve the ecological challenges that they face. This talk will lightly review three decades of reverse genetics based research and releases of transgenic plants into a nature preserve in the plant’s native habitat, that has revealed how the plant recognizes attack from specific herbivore species by the particular chemistry of the herbivore’s saliva, and uses this recognition to tailor a complicated 6-layered defense response that requires a remodeling of the plant’s transcriptome, metabolome and proteome, as well as some of its life history traits. With the recent sequencing and challenging assembly of the plant’s 2.57 Gbp genome that is bloated with LTR repetitive elements, the foundation has been laid for a forward-genetics approach for future field work that will utilize recombinant inbred lines (RILs) and lines silenced in specific components of the plant’s smRNA machinery (specifically, RdRs, Dicers, and Argonauts) to understand how non-coding RNA mediates the plant’s environmental adaptations.


President Trump’s Economic Policy: A Conversation with Kevin Hassett
WHEN  Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, JFK Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Douglas Elmendorf, Kevin Hassett, Jason Furman
DETAILS  The 2018 Malcolm H. Wiener Lecture on International Political Economy
A Conversation with Kevin Hassett, Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers
Jason Furman (Moderator), Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy, HKS
Introductory Remarks by Douglas Elmendorf, Dean, Harvard Kennedy School
Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School


Cartooning the Police: A Graphic History of Contemporary Egypt
WHEN  Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bell Hall, Belfer Building, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Jonathan Guyer, Independent Journalist and Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
DETAILS  A seminar with Jonathan Guyer, Independent Journalist and Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. Moderated by Melani Cammett, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Department of Government, Harvard University.
Jonathan Guyer is a journalist focused on the politics of art and literature in the Middle East. He is a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and a contributing editor of the Cairo Review of Global Affairs. He has written for the Atlantic, Guernica, Harper’s, Los Angeles Review of Books, Le Monde diplomatique, New Yorker, New York Review Daily, New York Times, Paris Review, and Rolling Stone, among others. His research has been supported by fellowships from Fulbright (2012–2013) and the Institute of Current World Affairs (2015–2017). He blogs at Oum Cartoon ( and tweets: @mideastXmidwest.


MIT Cheetah robot: a new design paradigm for physical interaction
Thursday, April 5
5 - 6:30pm
Northeastern, 306 Egan Research Center, 120 Forsyth Street, Boston
Sangbae Kim, Mechanical Engineering, MIT


Music Fandom and the Shaping of Online Culture
Thursday, April 5
5:00pm to 6:30pm
MIT, Building 56-114, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

From the earliest days of networked computing, music fans were there, shaping the technologies and cultures that emerged online. By the time musicians and industry figures realized they could use the internet to reach audiences directly, those audiences had already established their presences and social norms online, putting them in unprecedented positions of power. Even widely-hailed innovators like David Bowie, Prince, and Trent Reznor were late to the game. This talk traces the intertwined histories of music fandom and online culture, unpacking the fundamental disruption and its broader implications for interacting with audiences.

Nancy Baym is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a Research Affiliate in CMS/W at MIT. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Illinois in 1994 and joined Microsoft in 2012 after 18 years as a Communication professor. She is the author of Personal Connections in the Digital Age (Polity Press), now in its second edition, Tune In, Log On: Soaps, Fandom and Online Community (Sage Press), and co-editor of Internet Inquiry: Conversations About Method (Sage Press) with Annette Markham. Her bookPlaying to the Crowd: Musicians, Audiences, and the Intimate Work of Connection will be published in July by NYU Press.  More information, most of her articles, and some of her talks are available at


Why Surfers Should be Fed - After Three Decennia - Philippe Van Parijs
WHEN  Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Emerson Hall, 25 Quincy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
SPEAKER(S)  Philippe Van Parijs
COST  Free & open to the public
CONTACT INFO Vickie Aldin,, 617-495-0599
DETAILS  In April 1990, Philippe Van Parijs gave a lecture at Harvard’s Ethics Center subsequently published under the title “Why Surfers Should Be Fed: The Liberal Case for an Unconditional Basic Income”. Nearly 30 years later, the idea he was then pleading for is being discussed, proposed and tested throughout the world. This lecture will look back at the initial ethical justification of basic income and update it in the light of what has been happening since then.


“Get Me Roger Stone” Documentary Screening and Q&A with Directors Dylan Bank, Daniel DiMauro, and Morgan Pehme
Thursday, April 5
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Harvard, Wiener Auditorium, Taubman G-1, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

EPPIC and Media PIC present a screening and talk with the Directors of “Get Me Roger Stone,” the acclaimed documentary of longtime GOP political operative Roger Stone and his role in orchestrating Donald Trump’s 2016 election as President of the United States. “Get Me Roger Stone” paints a comprehensive portrait of a Trump confidante described as “malevolent Forest Gump” and “political dirty trickster.” Stone’s work has influenced some of the most contentious political moments in recent history, including Watergate and the 2000 Florida recount.


Buiding Resilient Communities Networking 
Thursday, April 5
5:30-7:30 pm
51 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Networking event for professionals, practitioners, and community organizers.  Participants will have a chance to network with community organizers within the social justice and environmental justice field as well as learn more about educational and funding opportunities.  Sponsored by the Mel King Institute, CHAPA Young Professionals Group, New England Grassroots Environment Fund, and Tufts UEP. 


Screen As Material
Thursday, April 5
MIT, Building E15, Bartos Theater, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

As one of the concluding events for the Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995 exhibition, this panel of artists and scholars explore the history and impact of monitor based sculpture, share ways in which the term ‘art and technology’ has changed over time, and discuss the potential of the small screen as a medium for artistic expression in this era of smartphones and flat screens. Participants include David A. Ross, and artists Tony Oursler and  Sondra Perry.  The discussion is moderated by Henriette Huldisch.

This program is free and open to all, but RSVP is encouraged. To RSVP click here.

For more information, contact:
Emily Garner


The Recovering:  Intoxication and Its Aftermath
Thursday, April 5
6:30 PM
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and the Cambridge Public Library welcome LESLIE JAMISON—the bestselling author of The Empathy Exams—for a discussion of her latest book, The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath. She will be joined in conversation by acclaimed writer and literary critic JAMES WOOD.
Please Note

Seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Seating and elevator access to the Lecture Hall (located on level L2) will begin at 6pm.
A 70-car underground parking garage with access from Broadway is available when the library is open.

About The Recovering
With its deeply personal and seamless blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and reportage, The Recovering turns our understanding of the traditional addiction narrative on its head, demonstrating that the story of recovery can be every bit as electrifying as the train wreck itself. Leslie Jamison deftly excavates the stories we tell about addiction--both her own and others'--and examines what we want these stories to do and what happens when they fail us. All the while, she offers a fascinating look at the larger history of the recovery movement, and at the complicated bearing that race and class have on our understanding of who is criminal and who is ill.

At the heart of the book is Jamison's ongoing conversation with literary and artistic geniuses whose lives and works were shaped by alcoholism and substance dependence, including John Berryman, Jean Rhys, Billie Holiday, Raymond Carver, Denis Johnson, and David Foster Wallace, as well as brilliant lesser-known figures such as George Cain, lost to obscurity but newly illuminated here. Through its unvarnished relation of Jamison's own ordeals, The Recovering also becomes a book about a different kind of dependency: the way our desires can make us all, as she puts it, "broken spigots of need." It's about the particular loneliness of the human experience-the craving for love that both devours us and shapes who we are.

For her striking language and piercing observations, Jamison has been compared to such iconic writers as Joan Didion and Susan Sontag, yet her utterly singular voice also offers something new. With enormous empathy and wisdom, Jamison has given us nothing less than the story of addiction and recovery in America writ large, a definitive and revelatory account that will resonate for years to come.


NeuroTech and Artificial Intelligence
Thursday, April 5
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
WeWork Mass Ave, 625 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

How does artificial intelligence help us understand the brain, and how are scientists using the brain to improve A.I.? How do you define criteria for good decision making in A.I.?
Increasingly, researchers are drawing from neuroscientific models of thought and perception to improve A.I. reasoning and create more accurate models of the world. 
6:30-7pm: Networking and beer
7-7:30pm: Kohitij Kar, PostDoc, DiCarlo Lab at MIT
7:30-8pm: Edmond Awad, PostDoc, Scalable Cooperation Group, MIT Media Lab
8-8:30pm: Networking and wrap-up
Edmond Awad, PostDoc, Scalable Cooperation Group, MIT Media Lab
Title: The Moral Machine Experiment: 40 Million Decisions and the Path to Universal Machine Ethics
Description: Edmond’s work revolves around the Moral Machine, an internet-based serious game exploring the many-dimensional ethical dilemmas faced by autonomous vehicles. The game enabled him and his team to gather 40 million decisions from 2.5 million people in 230 countries/territories. Edmund reports the various preferences estimated from this data, and documents interpersonal differences in the strength of these preferences. He also reports cross-cultural ethical variation and uncovers major clusters of countries exhibiting substantial differences along key moral preferences. These differences correlate with modern institutions, but also with deep cultural traits. He’ll discuss how these three layers of preferences can help progress toward global, harmonious, and socially acceptable principles for machine ethics.

Kohitij Kar, PostDoc, DiCarlo Lab at MIT
Title: Efficient dialogues between computer and biological vision
Description: The deep learning revolution has launched a new era in Artificial Intelligence (AI). Kohitij will primarily discuss how current deep learning models in AI are helping us shape our understanding of the primate visual system. In addition, he will also discuss specific scenarios where primate vision vastly outperform the most advanced computer vision (CV) systems. A synergy between neuroscience and AI is thus beneficial to both communities.


Popular Education/organizing for Justice: Insights from El Salvador
Thursday, April 5
6:45PM - 8:45 PM
St. Bartholomew's , 239 Harvard Street, Cambridge
More information?

Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern with the Cambridge El Salvador Sister City Project is  hosting a A Community Conversation on Popular Education/organizing for Justice: Insights from El Salvador

though El Salvador is a tiny country, it has created one of the most dynamic and powerful popular movements in the hemisphere.  Popular education has been the “secret sauce” underpinning the successes of the Salvadoran popular movement, and it has been at the heart of people’s movements around the world.  Popular Education is experiential education that lets “ordinary people” come together, understand their own oppression, and build their own power.  Come hear about the power of popular education and grassroots efforts to social justice. Join the discussion about how we are facing local challenges as neighbors, immigrants, organizers, and community people.  
3 community organizers from El salvador will leading the conversation:  Alfredo Ramirez a founding member of Equipo Maíz the  a Salvadoran popular education organization that has been an integral part of the fight for social justice in El Salvador and elsewhere in  Central America for more than 30 years; Elsy Orellana, a Community organizer with CRIPDES (the organization of the Salvadoran movement) and  Salvadoran Institute for the Development of Women (ISDEMU) and  Zulma Tobar, coordinator for US-El  Salvador Sister Cities. (A grassroots solidarity organization of people in the U.S. in  ongoing partnerships with small rural communities in El Salvador). 

Offering some perspective on the situation facing immigrants locally will be José Palma the  president -of the Massachusetts Committee for TPS.

Music and Light refreshments served.  More information? 


Tales of an Ecotourist
Thursday, April 5
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge

Mike Gunter Jr.
Combining humor and memorable anecdotes, five famous ecotourist destinations offer a breathtaking backdrop to better understanding climate change. Crossing the far corners of the globe, Tales of an Ecotourist showcases travel, from the hot and humid Amazon jungle to the frozen but dry Antarctic, as a simple yet spellbinding lens to better understand the complex issue of climate change. At its core, climate change is an issue few truly understand, in large part due to its dizzying array of scientific, economic, cultural, social, and political variables. Using both keen humor and memorable anecdotes, while weaving respected scientific studies along the way, Mike Gunter Jr. transports the reader to five famous ecodestinations, from the Galapagos Islands to the Great Barrier Reef, revealing firsthand the increasing threats of climate change. Part travelogue, part current events exposé, with a healthy dose of history, ecology, and politics, these tales of ecoadventure tackle such obstacles head on while fleshing out much-needed personal context to perhaps society’s greatest threat of all.

Mike Gunter Jr. is a Cornell Distinguished Faculty member and Arthur Vining Davis Fellow at Rollins College where he serves as Professor and Chair of the Political Science department and Director of International Affairs in the Holt School. He is the author of Building the Next Ark: How NGOs Work to Protect Biodiversity.


Finding ways to fight climate change with sustainability
Thursday, April 5
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

This is my first time hosting a meetup. Any and all suggestions are welcome!

My initial thoughts are to get to know one another, discuss why this matters to us, where we stand in our sustainability efforts (square one is totally fine), and brainstorm ways we can help one another and perhaps make an impact together bigger than any of us could individually. Happy to discuss all, some, or none of these depending on what everyone wants to talk about!

We could do this over drinks, dessert, pizza, a walk somewhere nice - again I'm open to anything!


The Myth of Democracy? From Pericles’ Athens to Modern Times
Thursday, April 5
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Doors open @ 6pm -- Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers -- Presentations start @ 7pm
Café ArtScience, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge
Cost: $15 - $20

Presenter: Professor Loren J. Samons II, Professor of Classical Studies at Boston University

“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” — Winston Churchill

Summary:  2500 years ago the people of Athens elected Pericles to lead their city-state. Under his guidance, Athens attained what some have seen as the pinnacle of a democratic society. Greek culture, literature, philosophy and commerce thrived. It was the Peloponnesian War with Sparta that brought it all crashing down. Or so many people think.

In fact, according to Professor Loren J. Samons, this interpretation of Greek history is mistaken. Samons, who draws on Greek antiquity to critique modern democracy, posits that Pericles and democratic practices actually undermined the culture of personal and civic responsibility at the root of Athenian greatness. Democracy was not the determining factor in Athens’ prosperity but rather one product of other, earlier factors. Democracy itself led to profligate government spending and short-term decision-making by Athenian citizens. One could easily say that Athens was great in spite of its democracy.

The United States’ remarkable prosperity and success are often attributed to a democratic style of government that owes something to ancient Athens. What are the implications if this belief, upon which our government is based, misguided? How does this inform the practice of our government today and what does it mean for the future?

Join us, Thursday April 5, as Professor Samons offers his insights from Greek antiquity as a critique of modern democracy. Following the presentation we’ll have an open conversation about the implications for our future and the future of humanity in the long now.

Loren J. Samons II, a Professor of Classical Studies at Boston University since 01993, earned his doctorate at Brown University. Professor Samons specializes in the history of Greece in the fifth and sixth centuries B.C., with particular interests in Athenian politics and imperialism. He is he author, co-author, or editor of six books and numerous articles on ancient Athens.

His current research focuses on the figures of Pericles and Kimon, Athenian foreign policy, the Modern Greek poet Cavafy, and the composition of Herodotus' and Thucydides' histories. His work has often focused on potential lessons about current (and future) government and society derived from the study of ancient Greece and Rome.

We’re proud and excited to welcome him to the Long Now Boston community.

$15 in advance // $20 at the door. Students w/ID admitted free.


Show and Tell: An Evening about Citizenship with Documentary Filmmakers
WHEN  Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018, 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Film, Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  María Agui Carter, writer/director; assistant professor, department of visual arts, Emerson College
Heather Courtney, documentary filmmaker
Cynthia López, former commissioner, City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment; former executive vice president and co-executive producer, American Documentary and POV
Moderated by Claudia Puig, president, Los Angeles Film Critics Association; former lead film critic, USA Today
COST  Free
DETAILS  The Radcliffe Institute conference “Who Belongs? Global Citizenship and Gender in the 21st Century” opens with a discussion about questions of citizenship and gender as expressed through film. Three active documentary filmmakers and a film critic will discuss the portrayed (and real) experiences of women, men, and people of color as they seek the most fundamental rights of citizenship. Through a series of presentations and film clips, the speakers will explore how the transformative power of masterful storytelling can challenge perceptions and expectations, invite empathy and understanding, inspire dialogue, and offer insight into what it means to be a member of the community. Register online.


Can We Reconcile Justice and Forgiveness?
WHEN  Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018, 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S)  Rachael Denhollander
COST  Free; Limit 2 per person
TICKET INFO  The Harvard Box Office 617-496-2222
DETAILS  The Veritas Forum at Harvard College will host Rachael Denhollander for a conversation on institutional justice and personal forgiveness, titled "Can We Reconcile Justice and Forgiveness?"
A prominent advocate for abuse survivors, Rachael Denhollander has spurred national conversations about sexual abuse in athletics as well as in evangelical churches. As the first woman to speak publicly and file a criminal report against former USA Gymnastics team doctor and now convicted child molester, Larry Nassar, Denhollander's story has been published in The New York Times, NPR, and The Washington Post. Her victim impact statement and her New York Times op-ed highlight her commitment to justice—even in the face of great personal cost—and to Christian forgiveness.
In a dialogue moderated by Professor Nancy Hill, with time for audience questions, Denhollander will discuss the influence of her religious world view on her conception of justice, her ability to forgive those who do not seem to deserve it, and her understanding of the balance between justice and forgiveness.
Tickets are free and required for admission. They will be available through the Harvard Box Office on Tuesday, March 27 for Harvard ID holders and Thursday, March 29 for the General Public. Available in person at Farkas Hall, online (general public only), or by phone (617-496-2222). Handling fees may apply.

Friday, April 6 - Saturday, April 7

OAHack: An Open Access Hackathon 
Friday, April 6 - Saturday, April 7
MIT, Building E14, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

On April 6 and 7, the MIT Libraries and MIT Open Access Task Force will host OAHack: an open access hackathon and do-a-thon, which will bring participants together to work on projects that enhance open research and the sharing of scholarly knowledge.

The event will include an evening reception on Friday, April 6, with lightning talks and project sharing, and an all-day event on Saturday, April 7, when participants can work on proposed projects.

Sharing research openly so anyone can take advantage of new discoveries and knowledge is at the heart of the open access movement. The hackathon will include both technical and non-technical projects that focus on sharing research, publications, data, code, educational materials, and more.

Both events are open to the public.


Questions? Email

Friday, April 6

A Healthy Harvard: Scaling Sustainability
Friday, April 6
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Stantec, 311 Summer Street,  Boston

Design Museum Mornings with Heather Henriksen, Harvard University, Office for Sustainability
We spend a majority of our time indoors, so what role can building owners play in making those spaces healthier and more climate-friendly? As the Director of Harvard’s Office for Sustainability, Heather Henriksen is on the frontlines of implementing a holistic approach to sustainability in the built environment, focusing on addressing the twin challenges of climate change (including Harvard’s new climate action goal to be fossil fuel-free by 2050) and enhancing well-being by creating healthier, highly efficient places to learn, work and live.

April’s Design Museum Morning will explore the process of piloting ideas, scaling innovation, and applying systems thinking, using one of the world’s most recognizable Universities as the catalyst for a larger conversation around sustainable design.

Sponsored by Stantec and RepSource, kick your morning off with coffee, breakfast, and compelling insight into a future that is already here.

Doors open at 8:30am; Presentation begins at 9:00am.


Martin Luther King, Jr.: Life, Loss, Legacy
WHEN  Friday, Apr. 6, 2018, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Hutchins Center for African & African American Research
SPEAKER(S)  Hosted by Lawrence D. Bobo, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and William Julius Wilson
Panelists to include Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Walter Carrington, Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Jennifer Hochschild, Walter Johnson, Kenneth Mack, Julianne Malveaux, Raymond J. McGuire, Eugene Rivers, Tricia Rose, Tommy Shelby, Theda Skocpol, Jason Sokol, Brandon Terry, Jonathan Walton, and Margaret Weir
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  Panels 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Taubman T-G-1 Wiener Auditorium
Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School
Closing Keynote Address 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
by Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, and Director of Harvard's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
JFK Forum, Harvard Kennedy School


Who Belongs? Global Citizenship and Gender in the 21st Century
WHEN  Friday, Apr. 6, 2018, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Ethics, Humanities, Law, Lecture, Poetry/Prose, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
COST  Free
DETAILS  The very meaning of citizenship at local, national, and global levels is in flux in most countries and continents. More than 65 million human beings are currently displaced from their homes, while even in countries where armed conflict is not prevalent, separatist and nationalist movements have reshaped policy. Gender—in all its forms—is essential to any analysis of these trends and to our understandings of citizenship around the world, although it is often overlooked in public debate.
April 6 brings a full day of panel discussions, including activists, human rights and immigration practitioners, policymakers, and scholars. Jhumpa Lahiri—Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and professor of creative writing at Princeton University—will deliver the keynote address. Register online at


2018 Tufts Food Systems Symposium:  Unintended Consequences in the Food System - The Problem with “Solutions”
Friday, April 6
Tufts, Breed Hall, 51 Winthrop Street, Medford

Our complex food system presents us with a knot of issues so tangled that they can be difficult to define, let alone resolve. A solution to one issue may evolve and create problems around another. The 2018 Tufts Food System Symposium tackles the issue of unintended consequences and asks how we can continue to work toward a more resilient food system when we can’t reliably foresee what the longer-term results of our actions might be. Effective food systems policy and planning requires broad considerations ranging from ecology to social justice on both a local and global scale. We will bring together policy experts, food justice advocates, and practitioners in the field to discuss past lessons learned and explore what kinds of collaborations and approaches allow for a greater understanding of change in our food system. 


88 Acres: Co-founders' Food Startup Story and Factory Tour
Friday, April 6
10:30am to 12:00pm
88 Acres Factory 196 Quincy Street, Dorchester

Hear from co-founders and husband and wife team Nicole Ledoux and Rob Dalton about their motivations behind starting 88 Acres several years ago. Now their products, a variety of craft seed bars, craft seednola, and seed butters, are distributed in a wide variety of stores, including Whole Foods. 88 Acres’ recipes started in the kitchen. In order to provide the same baked at-home quality and feel of their original creation and safety for those with food allergies, they built out their own small-scale bakery in urban Boston.

They knew they wanted to open their bakery in an area of need to drive job growth. They partnered with a neighborhood economic development group and a local food startup accelerator to make it happen. Their Dorchester-based manufacturing center generates more than a dozen good jobs for the local community. Their four core values drive everything they do: economic development, sustainably minded sourcing, transparent supply chain, and education.

Please plan to arrive at the 88 Acres factory in Dorchester by 10:15 AM and take care of your own transportation.


Atmospheric Ammonia, from Agriculture to the Arctic
Friday, April 6
Harvard, Pierce Hall 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Prof. Jen Murphy, U. Toronto
Ammonia is the most important gas phase base in the atmosphere, influencing air quality and climate forcing through its role in particulate matter formation. While agriculture is known to be the dominant source of ammonia to the modern atmosphere, the emissions of ammonia are poorly constrained from local to global scales. In this talk, I will share results from several recent field campaigns in rural and urban areas in which we use our measurements to infer, or directly measure, the exchange of ammonia between the surface and the atmosphere. We find that emissions from animal husbandry are often underestimated, and that bi-directional exchange is important to consider across many landscapes. I will also talk about our surprising discovery of an important role for seabird guano in the Arctic ammonia budget, and the resulting impact on regional climate via new particle formation.

Atmospheric & Environmental Chemistry Seminar

Contact: Kelvin Bates
Phone: 206-909-3412


THE GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC: Protecting the Public’s Health
WHEN  Friday, Apr. 6, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Leadership Studio, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
David Hemenway, Harvard Chan
Ted Strickland, Former Governor, Ohio
Jeffrey Swanson, Duke University
Mike McLively, Giffords Law Center
Amy Klinger, The Educator’s School Safety Network
Scott Malone, Boston Bureau Chief, Reuters
COST  Free webcast
DETAILS  Inspired by students across the country, the gun violence prevention movement has gained new momentum. But can it last or lead to substantive change on the Congressional level? This Forum brings together experts in mental health, violence, and gun policy to discuss a variety of proposed gun violence and school safety measures. What is the status of background check laws? What is an appropriate way to discuss mental health in the conversation -- without creating stigma or a chilling effect on people seeking care? What skills and training should educators have to spot warning signs and respond in crises? And, in light of restrictions around federally funded gun-related research, do policymakers have the information that they need to study these questions effectively? In this time of turbulence, our panelists will look at the evidence for -- and possible unintended consequences of -- today’s hotly debated measures to stop gun violence.


Social Issue Talk: Assuring Access to Justice for Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers
Friday, April 6
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT
Ropes & Gray LLP, 800 Boylston Street, Boston

Track Partner: Immigrant and Refugee Funding Collaborative
Speakers: Mary Holper, Associate Clinical Professor, Boston College Law School, and Alejandra St. Guillen, Director, Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement
2018 Social Innovator: PAIR (Political Asylum/Immigration Representation) Project

Join the Social Innovation Forum on Friday April 6, 2018 from 12:00 - 1:30 pm for the Social Issue Talk "Assuring Access to Justice for Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers." Lunchwill be provided. Space is limited so please RSVP. 

This talk will be a discussion moderated by Anita Sharma of PAIR (Political Asylum Immigrant Representation) Project featuring Mary Holper of Boston College Law School and Alejandra St. Guilen of the Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement.
Mary Holper, Associate Clinical Professor, Boston College Law School
Mary Holper is an Associate Clinical Professor and Director of the Immigration Clinic at Boston College Law School. Prior to joining the BCLS faculty, Professor Holper was an Associate Professor of Law at Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island, where she founded and directed the Roger Williams University School of Law Immigration Clinic.

Alejandra St. Guillen, Director, Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement
Alejandra St. Guillen was appointed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh in 2014 as the Director of the Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement (previously known as the Office of New Bostonians) with the mandate to strengthen the ability of residents from diverse cultural and linguistic communities to fully participate in the social, economic, cultural and civic life of the city. During her tenure thus far, Alejandra has leveraged public-private partnerships to expand staff capacity and launch new initiatives, such as the Immigrant Integration & Empowerment Project, Immigrant Information Corners, a Task Force on Foreign-trained Professionals and Citizenship Day.

Prior to her appointment, Alejandra served as the Executive Director of ¿Oiste?, a statewide Latino Civic and Political Organization. In this role, she collaborated with state legislators and other governmental officials in the development and promotion of Public Policy initiatives that have directly impacted the Latino community in Massachusetts, that include Education Reform, Economic Justice Policy and Electoral Reform. Alejandra has demonstrated a strong commitment to social justice, and has worked tirelessly as an educator, community organizer, and non-profit leader. She led a statewide coalition in demanding a fair and broad state Redistricting process in 2011 that resulted in the creation of twice as many minority- majority seats in the House and the Senate.
Born and raised in Mission Hill, Alejandra is a graduate of the Boston Latin School and a City Year alumnus. Alejandra began her career in education, first as a teacher for 4 years in New York City and Boston and then in the non-profit sector working to promote educational access opportunities for city youth. She holds a B.A. in Economics and African-American Studies from Wesleyan University and a Master in Education from the City College of New York.


Blessing America First: Religion, Foreign Policy, and the Trump Transition
Friday, April 6
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
BU, 10 Lenox Street, Boston

with David Buckley, Department of Political Science, University of Louisville Email for a copy of this paper in advance.


Remaking Black Power:  How Black Women Transformed an Era
Friday, April 6
3:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes historian ASHLEY D. FARMER—Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the African American Studies Program at Boston University—for a discussion of her new book, Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era.

About Remaking Black Power
In this comprehensive history, Ashley D. Farmer examines black women's political, social, and cultural engagement with Black Power ideals and organizations. Complicating the assumption that sexism relegated black women to the margins of the movement, Farmer demonstrates how female activists fought for more inclusive understandings of Black Power and social justice by developing new ideas about black womanhood. This compelling book shows how the new tropes of womanhood that they created—the "Militant Black Domestic," the "Revolutionary Black Woman," and the "Third World Woman," for instance—spurred debate among activists over the importance of women and gender to Black Power organizing, causing many of the era's organizations and leaders to critique patriarchy and support gender equality.
Making use of a vast and untapped array of black women's artwork, political cartoons, manifestos, and political essays that they produced as members of groups such as the Black Panther Party and the Congress of African People, Farmer reveals how black women activists reimagined black womanhood, challenged sexism, and redefined the meaning of race, gender, and identity in American life.


A Complex Dilemma: The Intersections of Poverty, Gender, Ethnicity, and Race in Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation
Friday, April 6
3:00PM TO 4:30PM
BU, Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering (CILSE), 1st floor, 610 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University is pleased to announce its annual Distinguished Lecture, "A Complex Dilemma: The Intersections of Poverty, Gender, Ethnicity, and Race in Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation" featuring Diana Liverman, Regents Professor of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. Prof. Liverman is a leading expert on the human dimensions of global environmental change and the impacts of climate on society. 

Is there evidence that adaptation efforts are actually reducing climate vulnerability? Can pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to eliminate poverty and hunger (SDGs 1 and 2) or to achieve gender equality (SGD 5) also help reduce climate risks and vulnerability? Can we find synergies that will provide multiple benefits for the most climate vulnerable places and groups? Prof. Liverman will explore these questions and more, as she evaluates what we know about social vulnerabilities to climate change, especially the intersecting roles of poverty, globalization, gender, and race, and provides a critical assessment of methods such as interviews, vulnerability indices, and mapping.

Registration required. Reception to follow. 
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2018 Pardee Center Distinguished Lecture Featuring Diana Liverman
Friday, April 6
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM EDT 
BU, Kilachand Center Colloquium Room, 1st Floor, 610 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Please join the Pardee Center for our annual Distinguished Lecture featuring Diana Liverman, Regents Professor of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, and a leading expert on the human dimensions of global environmental change and the impacts of climate on society.


Graduate Lecture Series: David McGee (EAPS)
Friday, April 6
4:30pm to 5:30pm
MIT, Building 54-915, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

About the Speaker
David McGee’s research focuses on understanding the atmosphere’s response to past climate changes. By documenting past changes in precipitation and winds using geochemical measurements of stalagmites, lake deposits and marine sediments and interpreting these records in the light of models and theory, he aims to offer data-based insights into the patterns, pace and magnitude of past hydroclimate changes. His primary tool is measurements of uranium-series isotopes, which provide precise uranium-thorium dates for stalagmites and lake deposits and allow reconstructions of windblown dust emission and transport using marine sediments.

About the Series
The Graduate Lecture Series [GLS] is a weekly lecture featuring EAPS Professors geared towards EAPS Graduate Students, Researchers and Postdocs. Lectures usually take place on Fridays from 4:30-5:30 pm in 54-915 unless otherwise noted (term-time only). For more information please contact: Allison Provaire,


Protest Without Words: Panel Discussion
Friday, April 6
7:00 pm
BU, Photonics Auditorium, 8 Saint Mary’s Street, Boston

Harvey Young, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, composer Kirke Mechem, and BU alumna Dr. Kerri Greenidge (GRS’09, GRS’12), co-director of African American Freedom Trail Project – Tufts University, will engage in a panel discussion moderated by Louise Kennedy, senior writer/editor for BU Development Communications, former senior producer for arts engagement at WBUR and arts reporter and critic at The Boston Globe. Exploring the role of the fine arts in American culture’s history of protest, resistance, and resilience, the evening’s conversation will serve as prelude to the April 9th Symphony Hall concert repertoire. This event is free and open to the public, but guests are asked to register online at Sponsored by the School of Music and BU Arts Initiative.

Saturday, April 7, 10:00 AM – Sunday, April 8, 3:00 PM

Coding Chemistry: Advancing Sustainable Agriculture
Saturday, April 7, 10:00 AM – Sunday, April 8, 3:00 PM EDT
MIT CSAIL, Ray and Maria Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, 4th Floor, R&D Commons, Cambridge

As the world’s population grows, farmers need to produce more food on the same amount of land. Farming is the biggest job on earth - this is why BASF is committed to be part of the movement to foster sustainable agriculture.

Bring your image analysis and data science skills to our two day event at CSAIL where you will build an algorithm which distinguishes weeds from crops.

At the end of the weekend the top two teams will win $1,000 and be given 30 days to advance their solutions. The teams will then virtually present their results to BASF and the team with the most accurate results will win $5,000.
Already have a team of 4-5 in mind? Great! Let us know if you want to self-select your team and your teammates' names in the registration form. If you do not have a team or a full team, no problem. We will form teams for you to join when you arrive at the event.
In addition to $8,000 in prizes and a chance to network with experts from BASF, each participant will take home co-branded CSAIL and BASF swag. One team will take home the Fan Favorite Award for having the most creative approach. They will win $1,000 at the end of the weekend and be invited to a special networking event with the BASF team. We look forward to seeing your efforts in creating a better world through sustainable agriculture.

Tentative event schedule:
April 7th
10:00am Registration, breakfast and team formation
9:00pm Competition ends for the day

April 8th
10am Competition resumes
3pm Event ends

Saturday, April 7 

2018 MIT Africa Innovate Conference: Digitization for Inclusive Growth
Saturday, April 7
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM EDT
MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $20 – $150

The MIT Sloan Africa Business Club is proud to announce the 8th Annual MIT Africa Innovate Conference!
MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA on April 7th, 2018!
The annual Africa Innovate Conference is a unique and intimate forum that brings together leading entrepreneurs and change-agents from across the African continent. The conference attracts over 350 business leaders, entrepreneurs, influencers, students, professors, and alumni, all with strong interests in Africa.
The theme for this year is “Digitization for Inclusive Growth”. 
With this theme, the conference will explore digitization and its role in transforming the way we live and conduct business across Africa. Through a series of keynotes, panels, and workshops, the conference will unpack the lessons from and future of digital transformation on the continent. The conference will also include a Career & Innovation Expo for attendees to network for jobs across Africa.
Ismail Ahmed - Founder & CEO, WorldRemit
Sara Menker - Founder & CEO, Gro Intelligence
Billy Mawasha - Country Head, Rio Tinto SA
Clapperton Mavhunga, MIT Professor of Science, Technology, and Society
Power & Energy
Investment in Growth
Urbanization & Infrastructure
Financial Inclusion
Education & The Future of Work
Panelists include: Ted Pantone, Director of MicroEnsure Labs; Lucy Mbabazi, Associate Vice President of Ecobank; and Thomas Kochan, Co-Director, MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research; Uyi Stewart, Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
WORKSHOPS: Design Thinking by IDEO, Rapid Prototyping by Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship, and Solveathon Challenge by MIT SOLVE
CAREER & INNOVATION EXPO: Boston Consulting Group, IDEO, WorldRemit, and MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship


Engineering & Physical Biology Symposium 2018
Saturday, April 7 
9:00AM TO 12:30PM
Harvard, Northwest B101, 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Chip Asbury, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Washington
"New biophysical strategies for uncovering how chromosomes are segregated during mitosis"
Job Dekker, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular, Pharmacology, University of Massachusetts Medical School
"Folding, unfolding and refolding of chromosomes"
Daniel Nocera, Department of Chemistry, Harvard University
"Food and fuel from sunlight, air, and water"
Howard Stone, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University
"Seeking intersections of fluid mechanics, molecular biology, and physical chemistry"

Presented by the PhD Track in Engineering and Physical Biology (EPB), part of the Harvard MCO Graduate Program, with the support of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.

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Reducing the Threat of Nuclear War 
Saturday, April 7 
MIT, Building 34-101, 50 Vassar Street 
Cost:  $20 -$50

Join us to review the dangerous nuclear weapons policies of the Trump administration and consider what concerned citizens, students and faculty  can do to reduce the threat.

9:30AM | Continuing Dangers from Nuclear Weapons 
10:45AM | International Initiatives Toward Disarmament 
1:30PM | Political Initiatives 
2:30PM | Campus Organizing for Peace & Justice 
3:30 PM | Actions for the Coming Period

Lunchtime Workshops:
Resisting the Trillion dollar Nuclear Weapons Escalation 
Congressional Budget-Civilian vs Pentagon 
Don't Bank on the Bomb Divestment Campaigns 
Preventing Nuclear Weapons Use


Annual Get Growing Day
Saturday, April 7
Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender Street, Cambridge

Every year at Get Growing Day people come together with information on growing food and exploring the natural world. You'll find lots of fun hands-on activities, new ideas and advice from experts.

Check out our website and Facebook event page for more details!

Get inspired with this year's partners:
Pet a chicken 
Watch bees with local beekeeper Mel Gadd
Talk compost with the Department of Public Works 
Take a neighborhood foraging walk with David Craft at 12
Plant a seed with Wildflower Montessori School
Bring questions for the garden expert
Bring seeds, plants, books to swap with local gardeners

Learn more about the world around you : 
Soil care
Native bees
Native plants
Saving seeds


Boston Stupid Shit No One Needs & Terrible Ideas Hackathon
Saturday, April 7
10:00 AM – 9:00 PM EDT
CIC 1st Floor Cafe, 50 Milk Street, Boston

The Boston Stupid Shit No One Needs & Terrible Ideas Hackathon is a fun free one-day event where people bring bad ideas to life. Participants conceive and build nonsensical and erotic projects and present them at the end of the day. There are no prizes and there are definitely no winners.
See the website for things people made last year.

10am doors open / coffee fun times
10:30am kickoff
10:30am - 8pm "hacking"
8pm - 9pm project presentations

Fabrication tools
This year the Fab@CIC team has generously allowed us the supervised use of their fabrication equipment. This includes 3D printers, a laser cutter, a vinyl cutter, and electronics and soldering workbench. If you think you'd like to use any of this equipment, please choose the Participant (I want to use fabrication tools!) ticket type.


Ecology of Spring
WHEN  Saturday, Apr. 7, 2018, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Classes/Workshops, Environmental Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Bryan Connolly, PhD, Department of Biology, Framingham State University
COST  $20; $10 Arnold Arboretum members
TICKET INFO  617-384-5277
DETAILS  As soils, air, and water temperatures warm, wondrous developments take place in the landscape. In this season of mud, life previously dormant activates, hatches, expands, emerges. Biologist Bryan Connolly will speak about natural developments and interconnections taking place at this time of year in New England and then will lead a walk of discovery through various environments found at the Arnold Arboretum. Dress appropriately for outdoor exploration.

Sunday, April 8

MIT India Conference 2018
Sunday, April 8
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM EDT
MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst Street, 6th Floor, Cambridge
Cost:  $35 – $60

The 8th annual MIT India Conference will be taking place on Sunday, April 8th, 2018 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Each year, the MIT India Conference brings together visionaries from various industries, including technology, finance, social impact, energy, healthcare, media and government.
This year's theme is ‘Pioneering Innovation’. The conference will spotlight India’s biggest innovators and thought-leaders, and explore how they’re transforming the economic, social, cultural and technological landscape of India.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers for MIT India Conference 2018:
Anantha Narayanan, CEO, Myntra, India’s Hottest 40 under 40 Business Leaders, 2014
Ashish Chauhan, CEO & Manager Director, BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange), Former CEO, Mumbai Indians, Former CIO, Reliance Group
Guneet Monga, Co-Founder of Sikhya Entertainment.CEO at Anurag Kashyap Films Pvt. Ltd., Producer of notable films like Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), Peddlers (2012) and The Lunchbox (Dabba) (2013)
Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, Founder, Deshpande Foundation, President & Chairman, Sparta Group LLC, Life Member, MIT Corporation
Prithviraj Chavan, Former Chief Minister, Maharashtra
R. Balki, Film Director: Padman, Ki & Ka, Paa, Cheeni Kum, Film Producer: English Vinglish
Rekha M. Menon, Chairman and Senior Managing Director, Accenture India, India's Most Powerful Business Women in 2017, Fortune India
Roshni Nadar Malhotra, CEO and Executive Director, HCL Corporation, Trustee, Shiv Nadar Foundation Director, Forbes - The World's 100 Most Powerful Women In 2017
Kirthiga Reddy, Managing Global Client Partner & Emerging Markets Lead, Global Partnerships, Facebook, Former Facebook India CEO and 1st employee of Facebook India
Vani Kola, Founder & Managing Director, Kalaari Capital
India's Most Powerful Business Women in 2017, Fortune India

Learn about the conference here:


PEN/Hemingway Award Ceremony
Sunday, April 8
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM EDT
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston

Seán Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s grandson, presents the 2018 PEN/Hemingway Award at this ceremony. Author and host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday Scott Simon (pictured) delivers the keynote address. The Kennedy Library is the major repository of Ernest Hemingway's personal papers. This program is presented in partnership with PEN/New England and PEN/America.


Strangers in Their Own Land:  Anger and Mourning on the American Right
Sunday, April 8
6:00 PM (Doors at 5:30)
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Cost:  $5 - $20.25 (online only, book included)

Harvard Book Store and Boston Review welcome award-winning sociologist and writer ARLIE RUSSELL HOCHSCHILD for a discussion of the paperback release of her bestselling book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right—a finalist for the National Book Award. She will be joined in conversation by Harvard Kennedy School professor ARCHON FUNG.
About Strangers in Their Own Land

When Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, a bewildered nation turned to Strangers in Their Own Land to understand what Trump voters were thinking when they cast their ballots. Arlie Hochschild, one of the most influential sociologists of her generation, had spent the preceding five years immersed in the community around Lake Charles, Louisiana, a Tea Party stronghold. As Jedediah Purdy put it in the New Republic, “Hochschild is fascinated by how people make sense of their lives. . . . [Her] attentive, detailed portraits . . . reveal a gulf between Hochschild's ‘strangers in their own land’ and a new elite.” Already a favorite common read book in communities and on campuses across the country and called “humble and important” by David Brooks, Hochschild’s book has been lauded by Noam Chomsky, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and countless others.

The paperback edition will feature a new introduction by the author reflecting on the election of Donald Trump and the other events that have unfolded both in Louisiana and around the country since the hardcover edition was published, and will also include a readers’ group guide in the back of the book.

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